By Ryan Dunleavy | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The NFL’s legal tampering period turned the official begin of free agency into the equal of an anticlimactic National Signing Day in faculty soccer.
By four p.m. Wednesday when unrestricted free brokers can formally signal with new groups, the primary wave of massive names can be an afterthought. A slew of deals were agreed to Tuesday, after Monday’s begin of the “negotiating” interval.
Think of it like a verbal dedication in faculty soccer, solely rather more binding. You will not see many (if any) decommits right here. The thousands and thousands of helps.
Here is the most recent Giants-related information, rumors and updates circulating the NFL.
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If you thought the Giants would simply take the millions they were willing to throw at All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell and re-purpose it to Patriots offensive deal with Nate Solder, you had been proper.
Solder, 29, will signal with the Giants because the highest-paid offensive lineman within the NFL. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported a four-year deal value $62 million, with $35 million assured. The earlier high-water mark on the place was $13 million.
Reports initially linked the Browns, Broncos and Texans as the principle pursuers of Solder, who was the one confirmed beginning offensive deal with in the marketplace. The Giants elevated their push, particularly after dropping All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell to the Jaguars.
The Giants outbid the Texans and Patriots. It was thought New England would possibly swoop in and hold Solder on the final second after he established market worth. They did that with Devin McCourty and others up to now.
The Giants could move Ereck Flowers to right tackle in a potential win-win.
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No homecoming for Dion Lewis
Players all the time say, “I simply want a chance.” Well, Patriots working again Dion Lewis lastly acquired his in 2017.
Lewis is coming off a profession yr with the Patriots, speeding for 896 yards on 180 carries with six touchdowns. He greater than doubled his profession totals in carries and speeding yards from his first 4 seasons with the Eagles and Patriots mixed.
Before he agreed to a four-year, $20 million cope with the Titans to switch Demarco Murray, Pro Football Talk reported the Giants had interest in Lewis, who performed highschool soccer at Blair Academy in West Jersey earlier than starring at Pittsburgh.
The Giants went in one other route earlier than Lewis got here off the market, nevertheless.
Jonathan Stewart contract particulars
The Giants hosted veteran running back Jonathan Stewart on a free agent go to and did not let him depart the constructing with out signing a reported two-year deal value as much as $eight.2 million when factoring in incentives. Of that, $2.95 million is assured, says NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Stewart performed beneath Giants common supervisor Dave Gettleman and offensive coordinator Mike Shula in Carolina. He is the all-time main rusher in Panthers’ historical past, however he by no means has been a lot of a pass-catching menace (two of 10 seasons with greater than 18 catches), and is 31 years previous and coming off the worst yards-per-carry common of his profession.
It does not appear to be an important match as a result of coach Pat Shurmur’s offense works finest with a receiving choice within the backfield. The Giants have 4 younger working backs on their prolonged offseason roster, together with recent draft picks Paul Perkins and Wayne Gallman.