Big Blue puts franchise tag on L. Williams, uses second-round tender on Rosas, signs James Bradberry
The New York Giants announced a number of important off-season moves today. First, Big Blue made a qualifying offer (a second-round tender) to Kicker Aldrick Rosas who is scheduled to be a restricted free agent when the new league year starts Wednesday. Shortly afterwards, the Giants announced they used their franchise tag on Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams. The Giants’ busy day was not done though as New York later agreed to a three-year contract with former Carolina Panther cornerback James Bradberry.
The Giants are reportedly signing James Bradberry to a three-year contract worth $45 million. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that Bradberry is expected to make $32 million guaranteed. Bradberry has started 60 games for the Panthers since being drafted in 2016, racking up eight interceptions over that time.
Williams was scheduled to become a free agent on Wednesday when the new league year begins. The franchise tag designation gives the two sides time to discuss a long-term deal. If a deal is not reached by July 15th, then Williams will play the 2020 season under a one year deal worth the average of the top five salaries at the defensive tackle position in the NFL today. The Giants received Leonard Williams in a trade with the Jets that took place back on October 29th.
Rosas is a Restricted Free Agent this off-season who can negotiate a deal with any club. If a restricted free agent signs with a new team, that player’s old team will have an opportunity to match that offer. If the Giants do not match an offer Rosas receives, then they may be entitled to a draft choice. Aldrick Rosas was selected to a Pro Bowl in 2018 as the Giants’ kicker.