The New York Giants have a lot of decisions to make regarding a plethora of soon-to-be free agents, but it appears some of those decisions are already being made. While speaking to the media on Monday, safety Stevie Brown, who will be a restricted free agent once NFL free agency officially begins, said he's been informed by General Manager Jerry Reese that the team will place a tender on him.
"They just said they'll put a tender on me, just don't know what type of tender yet," Brown said.
The 25-year-old Brown had a career year with the Giants, collecting 77 tackles, defending 11 passes, forcing two fumbles and snagging eight interceptions which were returned for a franchise record 307 yards (also ranked 4th in NFL history for a single-season).
Restricted Free Agents, or RFA's, are players who have accrued three years experience in the NFL. They are eligible for new contracts, but teams can restrict them by requiring pick-compensation from any team who signs them. Additionally, teams have the right to match any offer made to the free agent. Most third-year players don't warrant lucrative contracts, but Brown may have opened some eyes with his performance this season.
In 2012, under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), there were three types of RFA tenders. The first, a first-round tender, was worth (and cap hit) $2.742 million. The second, a second-round tender, was worth (and cap hit) $1.927. The third, simply a "right to match" tender, was worth (and cap hit) $1.26 million.
Those numbers will likely inflate a bit in 2013, and it will be interesting to see which of the three tenders the Giants place on Brown.
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