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Giants give RFA Brett Jones second-round tender, per reports

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The Giants move to secure their center

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The New York Giants have given center Brett Jones a second-round tender, which amounts to a 1-year, $2.9 million contract.

Jones came to the Giants as an undrafted player out of the Canadian Football League after being recognized as their Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Lineman in his first two seasons.

He had filled in well at guard for Justin Pugh and center for Weston Richburg before 2017, but was unable to stay healthy and truly show of what he is capable in the NFL. This past year he finally got his chance when Richburg’s season was ended by a concussion. Jones played well in relief of Richburg, establishing himself as a reliable pass protector and capable run blocker.

He played so well, in fact, that new GM Dave Gettleman was content to allow Richburg to leave for the San Francisco 49ers despite his stated need to rebuild the Giants’ offensive line.

Jones isn’t locked in as the Giants’ starting center, and he can still be offered a long-term contract by another team. However, if he signs elsewhere, that team would have to forfeit their second-round pick to the Giants.

As it stands now, the Giants’ offensive line is:

Left Tackle - Ereck Flowers

Left Guard - John Jerry

Center - Brett Jones

Right Guard - John Greco or Jon Halapio

Right Tackle - Chad Wheeler

We’ll bring you more Giants’ free agency news as we get it.