2019 Giants Restricted Free Agents

A look at who might be back and who won't ... and why.

Usually, an NFL team will retain its restricted free agents via a tender.

But will the Giants, who have a couple of key UFAs to re-sign and some needs to address, tender all their restricted free agents?

Before looking at the list, RFAs who are tendered and who sign their tenders only get a base salary with no other frills (roster bonuses, signing bonuses, etc.)

A team can cut an RFA even if he's signed a tender and recoup the cap space allocated provided the RFA is not on the opening-day roster.

With that all said, here is a list of the Giants restricted free agents with a guess regarding their future.

Note that none of these four are original draft picks by the Giants, meaning that unless these players are tendered at a second-level salary or higher, the Giants would not get any compensation were another team to sign them.

(This list is via Spotrac.)

Keep 'em: C Spencer Pulley

Pulley doesn't get the credit he should, but when he stepped into replace John Greco at center for the Atlanta game, the Giants offensive line started to settle down.

Pulley, who was one of the early season waiver wire pickups, just finished his third year int he league and could very well be in the mix for the starting center position in 2019 if he's retained.

Keep 'em: CB Antonio Hamilton

Before suffering a late season-ending quad injury that landed him on injured reserve, Hamilton had established himself as a special teams ace, finishing third on the team in total special teams tackles (6).

The Giants need to revamp their depth at cornerback in 2019, but there is no reason why Hamilton, whom they acquired off waivers in Week 1 of the 2018 season, can't be a part of that group, especially if his special teams play continues to be so solid.

Keep 'em:WR Corey Coleman

The Giants never really established a third receiver, instead opting for a by-committee approach. Coleman, who was picked up off waivers following a brief cup of coffee with the Patriots could end up being that guy but he's going to have to get a better handle on the play book and show that he can be more than a kickoff returner.

With a full spring and summer ahead of him in Giants blue, hopefully that will make the difference for Coleman. And if he can add punt returner to his offerings, that should further solidify any chance he has of sticking around with the Giants for multiple years.

Dump 'em: FS Curtis Riley

Riley tried to make the conversion from cornerback to free safety, and had mixed results.

On the one hand, Riley appeared to do a good job with getting everyone lined up correctly. However, he tied for the league lead among safeties with 11 missed tackles in coverage, and was tied for second in missed tackles against the run with 12.

Toss in Riley's performance against Dallas int he regular-season finale when he appeared to quit on a play--his action earning him a benching--and it's hard to imagine the Giants will tender him.


Patricia Traina
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Patricia Traina
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