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NFL Free Agency rumors: Market “exploding” for Weston Richburg

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Soon-to-be ex-Giants’ center could be in for a nice pay day

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It has seemed apparent for a while now that free agent center Weston Richburg would be leaving the New York Giants. It is now looking like the four-year veteran will be paid handsomely to do that, with Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reporting that “the market for Richburg has exploded.”

The New York Jets are still considered to be among Richburg’s likely suitors. It shouldn’t be a surprise that there is a market developing for the 27-year-old, a 2014 second-round pick by the Giants. He is the top-rated center on Pro Football Focus’s list of the best available free agents, and ranks 18th overall.

Injuries have dampened Richburg’s last two seasons. He played all of 2016 with a hand injury that limited his effectiveness. He played only four games last season, landing on IR with a concussion.

The Giants have restricted free agent Brett Jones as a likely replacement at center. In the draft, possibilities include Billy Price (Ohio State), James Daniels (Iowa), Frank Ragnow (Arkansas) and Mason Cole (Michigan).