The New York Giants continued to get their house in order in advance of the start of free agency on March 11 by issuing a right of first refusal tender to linebacker Spencer Paysinger.
If Paysinger were to sign with another team, the giants would not receive any compensation in return this year since the former Oregon star was originally signed as an undrafted free agent.
In three seasons, Paysinger has played in 47 regular season games, missing one game in his rookie season back in 2011. He has 125 career tackles, 103 solo, one sack, and one pass breakup.
He started 10 of the Giants’ 16 games in 2013, five at middle linebacker in the team’s nickel package, and five at the weakside spot in the base defense, per Pro Football Focus.
The tendering of Paysinger leaves fellow linebacker Mark Herzlich as the only restricted free agent yet to receive a tender.
The Giants, who have until March 11 to make a decision on him, are believed to be waiting to see what happens in their negotiations with Jon Beason before tendering Herzlich.
On Monday, it was reported that the Giants are not going to issue tenders to fullback Henry Hynoski or center Jim Cordle, both of whom are coming off season-ending injuries and both of whom will now be unrestricted free agents on March 11.
The Giants reportedly have not ruled out re-signing Hynoski and Cordle to one-year minimum qualifying offers.
NFL teams may begin negotiating with other team’s free agents during a three-day window that opens on March 8, but may not enter into any contracts with those players until 4 p.m. ET on March 11.