Giants reluctantly place second round tender on Ahmad Bradshaw, others

In an offseason full of odd, awkward happenings, the use of restricted free agent tenders on fourth- and fifth-year players is probably the most awkward.  And meaningless.

There is a strong likelihood that these tags won’t matter once we reach the other side of the labor mess.  But NFL teams are taking precautions to use the tags now because it’s good business and can’t hurt.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports the Giants were “reluctant” to even use the tags, but that didn’t stop them from doing so.

They placed a second-round tender on running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive end Dave Tollefson, and defensive tackle Barry Cofield.  Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and wide receiver Steve Smith also received undisclosed tenders, according to Garafolo.

We aren’t going to read too much into the level of tenders.  The Giants potentially didn’t want to restrict their players that much in the event they actually remain RFAs after the work stoppage.

UPDATE: One source told Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:  “They didn’t want to tender anyone, so they decided to just tender everyone the same.”

7 responses to “Giants reluctantly place second round tender on Ahmad Bradshaw, others

  1. There is not one of those guys they don’t want to keep. They know something we don’t, to wit: a deal is in the works.

  2. Like he said, it can’t hurt. IMO, the main reason to use the tags is — if there are no restricted Free Agents when things start again, they have told other teams who to keep their hands off, or it will start a roster raiding war. If they don’t say it later, its not collusion.

  3. This kind of thing bothers me a little bit actually. The teams intentionally refused to sign their own players to the extensions they normally would have because they didn’t want to give up a single bit of leverage if they ended up locking out the players. Because of that, an inordinate amount of quality players is set to hit the free agent market. The teams’ response? Place RFA tenders that they have on contractual right to place (shift in years needed for UFA was specifically confined to the final uncapped year of the outgoing CBA) on all of these players to hold them in place while they figure out what’s going on. When a new CBA is signed, some teams could be in a lot of trouble. Free agency is likely to return to normal. The owners simply want too many other thing to try and force a postponement in UFA that already doesn’t kick in until after the end of the average player’s career. So, if there’s a return to the status quo in free agency, all of these RFA tenders become invalid overnight. The only hope some of these teams have to avoid a possible roster apocalypse is to delay the issue to the point that there’s no time for free agency this year. If that happens, the league may be able to work out a compromise where the teams pay the players a premium to keep everyone in place this season only…basically an emergency universal league-wide franchise tag.

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