EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Free-agent fullback Jim Finn has agreed to a five-year contract that will keep him with the New York Giants.

Finn is expected to sign Monday, once the deal is finalized by the team, agent Alan Herman said Thursday. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team would not comment until the contract is signed.

Houston, Tampa Bay and Kansas City were interested in Finn, and at least one of those teams was offering more money, Herman said.

``There were better deals in terms of duration and economic terms, but Jim felt that New York was a good spot for him and he felt comfortable there,'' Herman said. ``He likes Tom Coughlin and his style of coaching.

``Also, being from New Jersey, he's able to play in front of his family and friends.''

The 28-year-old Finn carried the ball just three times last season, but his blocking helped Tiki Barber run for a single-season team record 1,518 yards and break the Giants' career mark with 6,927. Finn also had a career-high 15 receptions for 112 yards in 2004.

The native of Teaneck, N.J., was drafted out of Penn by Chicago in 1999 and played for Indianapolis in 2000 and 2002 before signing with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in 2003.