NY Giants move to lock up rights to Canadian OL Brett Jones

The Giants are expected to tender Canadian offensive lineman Brett Jones, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

From the story:

Jones, 26, likely will be given a second-round tender, which would cost the Giants $2.91 million for the upcoming season. As a restricted free agent, Jones would be able to seek offers from other teams, with the Giants retaining the right to match any offer. If Jones signed elsewhere, that team would give the Giants a second-round pick. Essentially, a second-round tender ensures Jones of staying put. The Giants could save money with an original-round tender of $1.9 million but would receive no compensation if Jones left, as Jones entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

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.