Canadian OL Brett Jones signs restricted free agent tender with Giants

Canadian offensive lineman Brett Jones has signed his restricted free agent tender with the New York Giants.

Jones started 13 games for New York in 2017, one at left guard and 12 at centre. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the No. 18 centre out of 79 graded last season.

He originally signed with the Giants in 2015 for three years and $1,575,000 total after winning the Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Lineman awards in successive CFL campaigns (2013 and 2014) with the Calgary Stampeders.

Jones spent 2015 on New York’s injured reserve, then backed up at centre and guard with one start in 2016. The University of Regina and Weyburn Comprehensive high school product has earned a lot of respect among the Giants brass.

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17 Comments on Canadian OL Brett Jones signs restricted free agent tender with Giants

  1. Good on him!

  2. Wood horse // April 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm //

    The Stampeders coaching staff deserves alot of credit for helping Jones become the player he is

  3. NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS!!!

  4. He had been playing for what they pay a QB in the CFL. Now he’s close to 3M for this year but it was $525K until now. Good on him.

  5. Scottsask // April 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm //

    Great job Brett! Best of luck, stay healthy.

  6. MJ Bandit // April 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

    Jones is out of CIS ball. Where’s spam-boy here to tell us he couldn’t possibly play in the NFL – where an inferior Canadian trained player would be just killed by all those faster & harder-hitting super-hero all-americans. NCAA/ex-NFL are the best – The CFL must reduce the ratio; blah, blah,balh

  7. Game Day // April 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm //

    I know the Stamps would love to have Brett back but he is way beyond the CFL pay scale now. They had bad injury wows with Canadian Pierre Lavertu at center after Brett, but due to a 2016 injury he didn’t play at all last season. He is still on the roster at this point. I think Lavertu is finished! 2017 Ucambre Williams at center is an import and Huff would love to have a Canadian center on the O-line. I am not a Stamps fan but I attend all games at McMahon.
    Go Esks.

  8. Green&Gold // April 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    Good for Jones. Hard work and persistence paid off.

  9. White Horse // April 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm //

    Hey Game Day…you are more of a Stamps fan than you think!!…Impressed with your roster knowledge. I think Lavertu is done also. Stamps will draft Canuck O-Lineman for sure and I can foresee a center conversion happening. Spencer Wilson plays every O-Line position so far but I see him taking the right tackle spot after Federkeil retirement. Let’s not forget about Derrick Dennis either.

    • Wood horse // April 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm //

      I agree
      Lavertu is done. Between injuries and losing guys to NFL, Calgary has had poor luck with the o-line, yet still one of the best units there is. Look for Calgary to start 2 imports this year, look for Calgary draft o-line for sure. Here is the projected starters Dennis Erdos Williams Bergmen Wilson

      • MJ Bandit // April 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm //

        Is Lavertu “done” for sure, or are you just guessing?

        Fortunately, this is a real deep O-line crop year in the CFL draft, and the Stamps could concentrate there with early picks and maybe get 2 very good prospects. Dino products Ciraco & Sceviour included.

        Getting Dennis back might really help; Williams was good at C; and Bergman, Wilson and Erdos are all solid; Dillon Guy might pull through too if he can put it together.

        Stumps could still field a top notch O-line, and I’d bet on it.

        • Wood horse // April 9, 2018 at 10:31 pm //

          I don’t for sure, but Huff indicated in an interview earlier this off season, that Lavurtu’s body just isn’t allowing him to play football anymore.

  10. richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // April 9, 2018 at 9:49 pm //

    The Giants aren’t dumb. They let their starting center walk because Jones is better.

  11. Rider fan // April 10, 2018 at 8:04 am //

    Good to see a good Canadian boy succeed. Congratulations

  12. Edward Leslie // April 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm //

    Game day:
    Good to see a fellow Eskimos fan in enemy territory (Calgary).
    If Lavertu does decide to step away from football, that will be FOUR First round draft pick O-linemen that they lost. Brett Jones now with the NY Giants, as well as Brander Craighead and Karl Lavoie, who both decided to retire due to injuries.
    You add veteran Dan Federkeil’s recent retirement and you have what might have been the entire all-Canadian offensive line.
    It’s a no brainer that Calgary will be motivated to draft an Offensive lineman next month. Maybe Mark Korte of the University of Alberta?

  13. For the free agents like Brett Jones once they get done with that 1st contract and do a 2nd one the BIG BUCKS kick in. At 525K on a rookie contract it was only about 50K over the minimum allowed active roster salary. Top pay by CFL rates. Like a few others before him with CIS roots good for him getting about 6 times more on his 2nd contract. Guys like him up front are good as gold as they say.

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