After losing Weston Richburg and missing out on Andrew Norwell, Giants saw inflated offensive line market and secured starting center Brett Jones

The Giants weren’t about to fool around with center Brett Jones after seeing the free-agent market for offensive linemen.

Jones, a restricted free agent, received a second-round tender from the Giants, a source told NJ Advance Media. He will receive a one-year, $2.9 million contract for 2018.

Another NFL team interested in Jones still can sign him to an offer sheet at the risk of losing a second-round pick to the Giants. If Jones signed, the Giants would have the choice of matching the offer or accepting the draft pick as compensation.

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Had the Giants went the cheaper route and offered Jones — who went undrafted and signed out of the Canadian Football League — the original round tender, another team almost surely would have made a move for Jones because it would not have meant losing a draft pick.

Then the Giants could have wound up paying more than $2.9 million.

In restricted free agency, the only tenders are first round, second round and original round. The player’s set salary gets higher as the level of draft pick compensation gets better.

The Giants had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to make an offer. The same deadline applies to unsigned exclusive rights free agents.

Jones signed with the Giants in February 2015 and was a backup center and guard for two seasons until taking making 13 starts in 2017. He took over when starting center Weston Richburg went on injured reserve and played well enough that the Giants didn’t show serious interest in re-signing Richburg, who agreed to a five-year deal Tuesday from the 49ers. …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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