The New York Giants will not offer fullback Henry Hynoski a free-agent tender, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. PFT also reported that the Giants "would like to re-sign Hynoski, but at a lower rate than an RFA tender."
This can hardly be considered shocking news. The minimum restricted free agent tender for the 2014 season is $1.431 million. The Giants already have a bruising fullback in John Conner under contract for 2014. It stands to reason they would not spend $1.431 million on Hynoski, who just completed a three-year rookie deal worth $1.41 million.
The Hynocerous played in only three games in 2013. He missed most of the preseason after suffering a knee injury during offseason training activities, then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Conner played well for the Giants after being signed as a free agent to replace the injured Hynoski. In 245 snaps, he ended up with the highest Pro Football Focus grade of any Giants' offensive player, a +9.0. That included a +7.0 in run-blocking, obviously the primary job of a fullback.
If he draws no interest on the free-agent market, Hynoski could still be brought in by the Giants on an inexpensive, non-guaranteed contract and given the opportunity to compete for a roster spot.
[UPDATE 11:38 AM EST: The Giants also will not tender center Jim Cordle, per a published report.]
Jim Cordle will not get a restricted free agent tender either, per a source. Similar situation to Hynoski.— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) March 3, 2014