As the New York Giants begin getting their house in order for the start of free agency, the three-day negotiating window beginning March 8 with the full-blow free agency sweeps commencing March 11 at 4 p.m., the team will not be issuing a tender to fullback Henry Hynoski or center Jim Cordle.
Hynoski, whose newfound unrestricted free agency status was first reported by Pro Football Talk, ia an undrafted free agent who was signed in 2011. He is coming off two significant injuries including one to his left knee, which he suffered during an OTA non-contact drill, and a fractured shoulder suffered in Week 3 of last season.
Those injuries apparently were enough of a concern for the Giants to sign John Conner, who per sources was the only free agent fullback the team worked out after Hynoski was lost for the season, to a two-year contract instead of the standard one-year deal typically handed out to street free agents brought in to replace injured players last year.
Conner’s 2014 cap number for 2014 is $740K, which is significantly less than the $1.431 million it would have cost the Giants to issue an original round tender to Hynoski in order to retain his rights.
Although Hynoski now becomes an unrestricted free agent free to shop his services around the league, the Giants could be interested in bringing him back on a lower deal to compete in camp with Conner.
Hynoski was widely believed to be in the mix at fullback, especially with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo reportedly planning to implement elements of the West Coast offense into the Giants system. Hynoski has 24 career receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown as a receiver out of the backfield, a skill that is typically desirable in a WCO fullback. Hynoski, who switched his representation to Drew Rosenhaus, could still return to the Giants if he’s willing to accept a one-year veteran minimum offer.
Cordle, meanwhile, is in a similar boat as Hynoski in that he too is coming off a season-ending injury to his knee that landed him on the injured reserve list on Nov. 26. Cordle, whose injury was diagnosed as a partially torn knee tendon, had told reporters at the end of the season that he was ahead of schedule in his rehab.
The Giants could however, also be looking to bring back Cordle on a minimum qualifying offer later in the year, depending on how the rest of their roster fills out and if Cordle is still available.
There remains no word yet about what the Giant shave decided to do with their two remaining restricted free agents, linebackers Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger, both of whom were undrafted.
Paysinger is believed to be the best candidate of the two to get a right of first refusal tender. Meanwhile Herzlich’s situation could hinge on what happens with linebacker Jon Beason, whom NJ.com confirms is the team’s top priority among its unrestricted free agents.