The Giants' top priority this offseason was stabilizing their offensive line, and there's no better way to do that than locking up their anchor.

That's what the Giants did on Wednesday, when they re-signed left tackle Will Beatty, a player Giants GM Jerry Reese called "one of the ascending left tackles in the NFL." Beatty got a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $38.75 million, according to an NFL source familiar with the contract. It included a signing bonus of $12.5 million and $19 million guarantees.

It also allowed Beatty to avoid the "jitters" of becoming an unrestricted free agent, which he would've been on March 12.

"It's good to be home," Beatty said. "It's a great feeling. You could be going through free agency, but when that happens a lot of stuff is going through your mind. That feeling is no longer there."

Locking up Beatty, who will turn 28 on Saturday, is a settling feeling for the Giants, too. A second-round draft pick out of UConn in 2009, Beatty has been the Giants' starting left tackle since 2011. After suffering an eye injury (a detached retina) in his first year as a starter, he rebounded last season after missing most of training camp with an injured back and became one of the Giants' most consistent performers.

As free agency approached, one team source said the Giants had determined that re-signing Beatty was their most important offseason job.