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Tight end Scott Simonson re-signed by New York Giants

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Is that bad news for Rhett Ellison?

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The New York Giants are bringing tight end Scott Simonson back on a one-year contract. The team made the news official early Monday afternoon.

Simonson, who will be 27 next season, had the best season of his career in 2019. He played in all 16 games with four starts and caught nine passes. In a career that began in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders, Simonson had only one catch in 18 games before last season.

The signing of Simonson raises the possibility that the Giants could move on from veteran Rhett Ellison. While less accomplished than Ellison, a seven-year veteran, Simonson has a similar skill set. He is a blocking tight end who can be useful as a receiving outlet.

Ellison, 30, is entering the third year of a four-year, $18 million contract. He carries a $5.75 million cap hit, and the Giants could save $3.25 million by cutting him.

With Simonson, Evan Engram and Garrett Dickerson on board the Giants might do that.