The Giants had already decided to move on from Weston Richburg, but the Jets had some interest in making him their center in 2018.
Now it looks like Richburg will be leaving New York instead.
Richburg, the Giants' second-round pick in the 2014 draft, reportedly intends to sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers when the NFL's free agent signing period opens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The deal, reported by ESPN, doesn't affect the Giants much since they intend to tender restricted free agent Brett Jones, and make him their starting center, as SNY has reported.
But the Jets were eyeing Richburg as a possible replacement for Wes Johnson, who is also an unrestricted free agent. They now could revisit what has seemed like tepid interest in re-signing Johnson so far, or they could look elsewhere on the center market - perhaps to Baltimore's Ryan Jensen instead.
The 26-year-old Richburg sure looked like he had a future with the Giants, as he started 47 games in his first three seasons. But he struggled at the beginning of the year before suffering a concussion that ultimately ended his season after four games. He still seemed loaded with potential, but Jones played well in Richburg's absence, and emerged as a solid and much cheaper option.
Jones will be tendered by the Giants before the deadline of 4 p.m. on Wednesday. He is expected to be given the second-round tender worth $2.91 million.
The financial details of Richburg's expected contract in San Francisco were not immediately available. It's also unclear if he'll be a center or guard for the 49ers, who re-signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year, $12 million deal with $7 million guaranteed last month. One of them will have to switch positions now.