New Giants GM Dave Gettleman talked about building a "culture" in the Giants' locker room after their dysfunctional 2017 season. Re-signing linebacker Mark Herzlich is a big step in the right direction for that.
Herzlich officially re-signed on Monday for what is believed to be a one-year deal worth the NFL minimum ($915,000 for an eighth-year veteran). He signed a one-year, minimum salary deal last offseason too before missing all of 2017 with what was described as a "stinger" he suffered during training camp.
That injury to his neck actually was fine about a month into the season, Herzlich said, but the Giants chose not to activate him off injured reserve.
Herzlich, 30, returns to the Giants as a valuable special teams player, who has made a few spot starts throughout his career. He likely will have to battle for his roster spot in training camp, just as he did last year.
His advantage, though, is his character. He was the Giants' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award last year, in recognition for his community service. He also is a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee. And he has long been one of the most respected players in the Giants' locker room.