Johnson, Tollefson, Douzable sign Tenders

From NY Daily News:

They had no choice, of course, but tight end Darcy Johnson, defensive end Dave Tollefson, and defensive tackle Leger Douzable — three of the Giants’ “exclusive rights free agents” — have signed their tender offers for the 2009 season, the Daily News has learned.

Johnson, who was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2006, will be paid $460,000 next season. Tollefson, who joined the Giants in October of 2007, will also be paid $460,000. Douzable, who was signed to the practice squad in September and promoted to the 53-man roster on Dec. 2, will make $385,000.

The 26-year-old Johnson was the Giants third (and sometimes second) tight end last season. He had four catches for 46 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one 13-yard catch in the Giants’ lone playoff game.

Tollefson was part of the Giants’ rotation at defensive end. He played in 13 games and had 3 ½ sacks, though all of his sacks came in his first four games. He had none — and only eight tackles — in his last nine games.

Douzable did not get into any games last season.

An “exclusive rights free agent” is the lowest rung on the NFL’s free agent chain. It’s for players with less than three “accrued seasons” whose contracts have expired. If those players are offered a one-year contract at the minimum salary by their old club, they either have to sign it or sit out the season. They can’t shop for better offers around the league.

The Giants had six ERFAs. The other three — RB Danny Ware, RB Kay-Jay Harris and S Craig Dahl — have not signed their tenders yet. It’s a good bet, though, that they eventually


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