The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent center David Baas from the San Francisco 49ers, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, just one day after releasing three-time Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara. The 29-year-old Bass has started 54 times in 92 career appearances, including 32 starts in each of the last two seasons.
Baas spent the first five years of his six-year career at guard, but shifted to center last season. In an e-mail to SB Nation New York's Ed Valentine, David Fucillo, the editor of Niners Nation, evaluated Baas' play at his new position thusly:
As a center he had his struggles with some of the shotgun snaps but he seemed to develop as the season went along. He was generally a solid blocker and seemed to work well as the leader of the offensive live.
Though Fucillo praises Baas only faintly, by other accounts, he's a solid player. "After quarterback Alex Smith, Baas was the team's most important offensive free agent to re-sign," says 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows.
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