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New York Giants news, 5/11: LeGarrette Blount to Giants? Maybe not

Patriots use rare tender on running back, more news

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Any interest the New York Giants might have still had in free agent running back LeGarrette Blount likely came to a screeching halt Wednesday. That is because the New England Patriots issued a little known and rarely used “May 9 tender” on Blount.

There had been a post-NFL Draft expectation that the Giants, or any team interested in Blount, would wait until after May 9, when free agent signings would no longer factor into the league’s compensatory pick formula, to sign Blount. This tender changes that.

ESPN explains:

The tender, which is a seldom-used mechanism, means that if Blount remains unsigned past July 22, he can play only for the Patriots during the 2017 season. If he signs before that date with another team, Blount would count toward the 2018 compensatory draft pick formula. The tender carries a value of 110 percent of a player's base salary from the year before, which would amount to $1.1 million for Blount.

The Giants are currently projected to receive a fourth-round compensatory pick for the free-agent loss of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Signing Blount would, at the least, lessen the value of any compensatory pick the Giants would receive in the 2018 NFL Draft. If you’re interested, here is a look at how that projection from Over The Cap was derived.

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