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Chicago Bears Sign Brian De La Puente; New York Giants were Reportedly Interested

April 7th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants are apparently satisfied with the idea of J.D. Walton as their starting center, as they did little to prevent Brian de la Puente (New Orleans Saints) from signing with the Chicago Bears despite reported interest dating back to early March.

The 29-year-old de la Puente agreed to a minimum one-year deal with the Bears, indicating that despite their interest, the Giants never made him an offer. Ultimately, de la Puente now joins the Bears as a back-up interior lineman, but he feels it's the ideal situation for him.

“You never know what you are going to get [in free agency],” de la Puente said. “Fortunately, I fell into a position where I am with a team that is on the upswing and is a winning team. That is big for me, to be on a winning team. I am just excited to play for coach Kromer, coach [Marc] Trestman and the whole organization.”

Whether or not that speaks volumes about how the Giants view J.D. Walton or more about what they thought of de la Puente will remain unclear until the season starts, but it may leave some who feel they still need help at center scratching their head. Either way, all previous Giants' interests at the position — including Evan Dietrich-Smith — are now off the market. And while they could still draft a center in the 2014 NFL Draft, it now appears certain that Walton will be the starter once the regular season rolls around.

Pending any additional moves, Walton will likely be backed up by Dallas Reynolds (who has apparently not yet signed his ERFA tender).

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Tags: Brian De La Puente, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, J.D. Walton, New Orleans, New York, New York Giants, NFL

15 Responses to “Chicago Bears Sign Brian De La Puente; New York Giants were Reportedly Interested”

  1.  Krow says:

    I’m really at a loss. Two competent centers (EDS and LaP) sign modest contracts … and we pass on both. If Walton turns out to be ‘the guy’ then Reese looks like a genius. But if he breaks down then everyone will be asking why he put so many eggs in a fragile basket.

    •  jfunk says:

      Agreed, it seems odd to see how little both those guys signed for.

      The only thing that seems to make sense is that the Giants truly felt neither was the answer and are looking elsewhere for their Center of the future.

      DLP’s asking price may have been a lot higher back when the Giants decided they had to make a move on Walton too. Hard to believe they wouldn’t have been interested at league minimum a few weeks ago, I suspect DLP only signed this deal after realizing there was nothing better out there. Or the deals he was offered were not a whole lot better and on marginal teams so he took 1yr on the Bears hoping he can look good there and try again next year.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think it shows that the NFL thinks way less about him than the media or fans. For him to sign as the definite backup without even a chance to start at the vet minimum says a ton to me. He’s not thought of nearly as highly as many thought by the actual NFL teams.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    April 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM
    I wonder if there’s a chance Brown comes back here. I still think much like the Davis signing we will add some cheap NFL vets at RB, WR & LB. Brown would be better than other options at RB talent wise but I wonder if we want a guy that’s more a body that we could end up cutting if Wilson is healthy, Cox shows well & we add a draft pick.

    Krow says:
    April 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM
    Wilson, Jennings, Cox, Hillis … add in Conner and Hynoski. It’s hard to see them putting another roster spot into RB.

    GOAT56 says:
    April 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM
    90 man roster? I definitely see more RBs needed. Jennings is the only roster lock. Wilson is a lock if healthy. Cox is probable. Hillis is no lock, don’t forget he was on the street in the middle of the season. To me a a rookie draft pick is very likely to be better than Hillis. We will likely keep 4 RBs but the I think at least one we keep is not on the roster. It will be either Conner or Hynoski not both.

    Krow says:
    April 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM
    Last I heard it was still 53.


    •  GOAT56 says:

      Everyone that we sign is not going to make the 53 man roster. We are signing people in part for the 90 man roster we form for training camp. Some positions where we have enough players to be on the 53 man roster we still need more players for the 90 man roster. Not just for the numbers but some of the players are not good enough to be given a roster spot. Players like Davis, Hillis, Brewer, Kuhn, Demps etc. are no roster locks IMO.

    •  jfunk says:

      I think he was more saying that he’d bring Brown back as part of the 90 man camp roster with no guarantee to make the final 53.

      Not sure Brown would go for it though, he’ll likely be able to find an opportunity to be the primary insurance back somewhere.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        My simple point is having Jennings, Wilson, Cox and Hillis at RB doesn’t mean we are good at all to me. It means we should look at adding even another vet RB along with a draft pick IMO. Wilson isn’t a sure thing health wise and Hillis just isn’t that good IMO.

        •  BBWC says:

          I think the Giants would be interested in bringing Brown back but only at their price, which is probably somewhere around veteran minimum or close to it. JR said before that he encourages his players to go out see what they can get. “IF” Brown can’t get any decent offers, I think the Giants will bring him back.

  3.  Since 1963 says:

    I’m not sure Hynoski and Connor won’t both make the roster. Hynocerous seems like a good ST player, always around the ball and often making the tackle. Is that worth a million bucks by itself? Probably not, but depending on how things shake out at running back, it wouldn’t surprise me if Reese cut him and resigned him to a lower salary to play STs.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Keeping 2 pure FBs makes zero sense in today’s NFL.

      •  jfunk says:

        But what about FB/Rhino hybrids?

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I think a guy like Hillis as a RB/FB or like Pascoe as a TE/FB. But in today’s NFL you can find a quality FB on the street if needed, it happened last year with Conner. It’s no accident because everyone knew Conner was good, just so many teams don’t use a FB that good ones will be on the street. The loser of the FB battle could easily still be around.

  4.  BBWC says:

    Brown just signed a one year deal with the Houston Texan’s….so much for that!

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    The Houston Texans and running back Andre Brown (New York Giants) have agreed to a contract. #nyg #giants #texans #NFL

    Good spot for Brown. Tate left so he can be the backup. If he came back with Jennings and Wilson if healthy he’s maybe the 3rd RB.

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