The New York Giants are reportedly reaching into the Canadian Football League in an effort to upgrade their offensive line. The Giants are today expected to announce the signing of CFL star Brett Jones.
The 23-year-old Jones was voted the CFL's top offensive lineman in 2014. He was the league's top rookie in 2013. He spent those two seasons playing for the Calgary Stampeders. According to the Calgary Herald, the 6-foot-2, 318-pound Jones worked out for the Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, and also drew interest from other NFL teams.
Interestingly, Jones is primarily a center. The expectation has been that the Giants would be moving Weston Richburg from left guard to center, the position they drafted him to play. That could still be the case, which might be bad news for 2014 starter J.D. Walton and reserve Dallas Reynolds.
Here is a video of Jones (No. 69) playing for the Stampeders in 2014.
Jones told the Regina Leader Post earlier in the offseason that he was hoping for a chance in the NFL:
"If I'm going to give the NFL a shot, it's NFL or bust. I don't want to have that, ‘Oh, whatever. If I get cut, it's not a big deal.' It is a big deal. I really want to get a chance to play."
Jones played collegiately at the University of Regina.
NJ.com's Jordan Ranaan reported that one NFL talent evaluator told him that Jones "has "no positional versatility" and is a bit of a mystery." Ranaan also said that Ranaan also wrote that Jones "unlikely to be given any sort of guarantee of a starting spot or money, and will likely have to work his way up as if he's an undrafted free agent."