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Giants re-sign Mark Herzlich

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The Giants visited with free agent linebacker Jameel McClain this week, signaling the need for some new blood at the position for the 2014 season.

It won’t be out with all of the old, however. The team announced Friday that they have re-signed linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was set to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday.

Herzlich beat cancer after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma while at Boston College and signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He’s played 43 games since joining the team, but his six starts have shown that he’s best suited for a backup role on defense while being a core member of the team’s special teams units.

The Giants have shown interest in re-signing linebacker Jon Beason, who was acquired in part because of Herzlich’s struggles at middle linebacker early last season, but Beason appears to be headed to the open market. Whether it is McClain or someone else, the Giants would be well served to replace Beason with a better option than Herzlich should the veteran depart for another team.

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16 Responses to “Giants re-sign Mark Herzlich”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Mar 7, 2014 4:36 PM

    The vikings MLBS > your MLBS.

  2. ctgiant says: Mar 7, 2014 4:59 PM

    Glad to see herzlich signed, he’s a special guy in his own right beating cancer, and will get better as time goes on. He may not be the starting MLB, but he sure does an outstanding job on st’s, very much like Chase Blackburn, and he ain’t to shabby either.
    CT GIANT

  3. ariani1985 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:10 PM

    If it wasn’t for green bay, the giants won’t have there past 2 rings.

    #greenbaythehomeofclownmusic

  4. petezjunior says: Mar 7, 2014 5:19 PM

    I’m a giants fan, but I don’t get why this is news. As much as I respect the man as he did fight cancer, if we talk about football and football ONLY, he’s a decent special teams player who can’t start for any NFL team as a linebacker. He isn’t good at tackling, can’t cover, and looks lost on the field when he plays defense. Good for him staying on the Giants, but this isn’t big news. Hopefully he can prove me wrong in the future.

  5. rdav29 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:26 PM

    Herzlich is pretty inspirational considering what he went through

  6. andreboy1 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:28 PM

    Great story, non-impact player

  7. kev86 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:41 PM

    Giants are just about due to win another super bowl. Have beaten TB, Atlanta, Dallas, GB (twice), SF in previous playoff runs that led to two super bowl wins against the favored Patsies.

  8. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    Head scratching. Chase Blackburn was awesome and so very underrated.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Mar 7, 2014 6:29 PM

    He’s a high character guy, that’s why he would have never signed with the Vikings.

  10. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:43 PM

    He was probably an easy negotiation… one of those guys who truly understands the privilege of being in the NFL and accepted a reasonable offer as a backup defender and front line special-teamer. Herzlich is one of those good-character guys who will gladly run through a wall for his team and coaches.

  11. noleitup says: Mar 7, 2014 9:49 PM

    As someone who follows acc football religiously I cant help but feel happy 4 this kid. Most of us know his story and how hard he had to work to get where he is today. Best of luck mark.

  12. billco6192013 says: Mar 7, 2014 10:36 PM

    What next we sign Keith rivers to a 5 year deal and bass to 50 million dollar contract

  13. ovaw8lova says: Mar 8, 2014 8:57 AM

    I hate cancer for a myriad of reasons that are more personal but if anyone saw this guy play in college before cancer he was a beast and sure top 10 pick. The guy had great pass rushing credentials. He was the perfect 3-4 OLB.

  14. DonRSD says: Mar 8, 2014 9:07 AM

    C’mon Reese. Make some dog I go and stop with the 1 year deals.
    Gear up for a couple of Super Bowl runs for the back of Eli The Great career.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  15. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:41 PM

    WE LOVE U MARC BUT ITS TIME TO CALL IT A NIGHT.WE NEED STARTERS AND WHEN BEASON WAS TRADED TO FILL YOUR SPOT WHEN YOU GOT BENCHED WE ARE HOPING REESE WAKES UP AND RETAINS BEASON S SERVICES.YOU AND DEOSSI ARE CAREER SPECIAL TEAMERS.

  16. billco6192013 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:49 PM

    WITH TUCK ,JOSEPH,AND BEASON GOING ,WE SHOULD BE RANKED 31 ST AGAINST THE RUN IN FRONT OF DETROIT LIONS.WELL GET READY ROLLE YOU WILL HAVE ABOUT 120 TACKLES THIS YEAR.THEN WE WILL LET YOU GO TO FREE AGENCY BECAUSE REESE DIDNT EXSTEND YOU OR TAG YOU FOR NEXT SEASON.WE ARE GETTING USED TO IT.

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