The Giants are committed to playing Brett Jones at center next season, so they made the smart move by making his restricted free agent tender high enough that he's a near-lock to stick around.
Jones, as expected, was offered the second-round tender by the Giants on Tuesday night - a one-year deal worth $2.914 million. That means that while he's still free to solicit offers from other teams as an RFA, the Giants have the right to match. And if they don't, they'd get a second-round pick from the team that signs him.
It's unlikely that the 26-year-old Jones will get many takers at that price.
He's totally worth it to the Giants, though, especially after they decided to move on from Weston Richburg, who agreed to terms on a deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, according to a report. Richburg, a former second-round pick, had been the Giants' center until a concussion knocked him out of the lineup last season. The 6-foot-2, 312-pound Jones stepped in, and started 13 games and played extremely well.
Jones joined the Giants in 2015 as something of a curiosity - a Canadian import who had been one of the best offensive linemen in the Canadian Football League. After missing his rookie season with a knee injury, he emerged as a valuable backup in 2016 before finally cracking the starting lineup for good last year.