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OL Jon Halapio. LB Mark Herzlich will return to New York Giants

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Giants bring back a couple of their own

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Offensive lineman Jon Halapio took to Twitter Monday morning to announce that he will be returning to the New York Giants. Halapio, an exclusive rights free agent, has been tendered by the Giants.

The Giants confirmed the news Monday afternoon.

Halapio, 26, appeared in 10 games with six starts at right guard for the Giants in 2017. Those were the only games he has played in during his NFL career. Halapio played 403 snaps. Halapio also worked extensively at center during the 2017 preseason.

The Giants have re-signed two backup interior offensive linemen, Halapio and veteran John Greco. They are not expected to re-sign guard D.J. Fluker. The signings of Halapio and Greco could also be bad news for John Jerry, who could be a salary cap casualty as the Giants look to clear room under the $177.2 million cap.

Starting G/T Justin Pugh and starting center Weston Richburg are both unrestricted free agents. Neither is expected to return to the team in 2018.

Mark Herzlich will also return

The Giants also announced Monday afternoon that veteran linebacker Mark Herzlich will get another opportunity in 2018. A Giant since 2011, usually used as a reserve linebacker and special teams player, Herzlich, 30, spent last season on IR after suffering a stinger during training camp.