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Giants roster moves: Aldrick Rosas re-signed, Corey Coleman tendered

Rosas, Coleman, Halapio among players who will return

NFL: New York Giants at Denver Broncos
Jon Halapio
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March 7: The Giants announced on Thursday that they have officially re-signed Rosas.

The New York Giants reportedly made a trio of unsurprising and inexpensive roster moves on Wednesday, tendering contract offers to Exclusive Rights Free Agents Jon Halapio, Aldrick Rosas and Elijhaa Penny.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is also reporting that the Giants have extended a restricted free agent tender to WR/KR Corey Coleman.

Rosas, 24, was the NFC Pro Bowl placekicker after making 32-of-33 field goals (97 percent) in 2018.

Halapio was the Giants starting center until suffering a broken ankle in Week 2. GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur have repeatedly said Halapio was playing well before the injury and reminded not to forget about him when looking ahead to 2019.

Penny was signed off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad and played in 14 games with three starts. He had seven carries for 25 yards and eight pass receptions while doing a good job as a lead blocker in limited playing time.

The Giants signed Coleman in November after working out a number of free agents. Coleman had a tumultuous start to his season, being traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Buffalo Bills before being cut and signed by the New England Patriots. Coleman quickly answered the Giants' questions at kick returner and became one of the best in the league over the last part of the season.

The tender is reportedly for $2.025 million, and while Coleman could receive an offer from another team, that team would have to give the Giants their first round pick.

What is an Exclusive Rights Free Agent?

Here is the definition from Over The Cap:

These are the players with 2 or less seasons in the league, a status reserved almost solely for undrafted rookie type players. Once tendered they can only negotiate with their former team. The tender offer is only a one year non-guaranteed contract at the minimum salary level so most teams would use the ERFA designation on players who were on the roster late in the prior year and signed to a 1 year deal. Usually these offers are signed as soon as they are made since nothing is gained by waiting.

That makes all three of these moves inexpensive no-brainers that should have been expected.