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Teams can sign UDFA’s, Notes on Boss and Cofield

Now that the lockout has been lifted and a new CBA has been reached, teams were notified by the league that they can now begin to sign UDFA’s. The Giants — and many other teams — have begun contacting UDFA’s to start signing them and bringing them into Training Camp. Here’s a list of potential UDFA’s the Giants might target.

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Bossman Back?

Although TE Kevin Boss will be an unrestricted free agent, Boss said re-signing with the Giants is “my No. 1 priority,” but “I owe it to myself and my family to test the market.” He also said he’s going to try to “enjoy the process” of free agency, then “hopefully, ultimately end up back in New York.”

If TE Kevin Boss does end up elsewhere, one option could be “former” Ravens TE Todd Heap. Heap was informed he will be released this week, as part of cost cutting measures. Heap had a large, $4.5 million base salary due to him, and he simply isn’t worth that anymore. It is believed he might resign with the Ravens for a smaller salary, but if Boss leaves, Heap’s name could be a potential one-year stopgap option.

Cofield’s Days Are Numbered:

The lockout means one thing for DT Barry Cofield. Time to get paid. The stud DT has made his intentions clear: He want’s big time money. And begin a free agent, he’s going to get it. Cofield has accepted, though, that the Giants probably aren’t going to give it to him. “Yeah, if they make a competitive offer, sure (I’d listen),” Cofield told the Mike Garafolo of the Newark (N.J) Star-Ledger. “But based on the things I’ve been hearing, I don’t think that’s going to be the case. Hopefully, I’ll get fair-market value that other quality starters get. From what I’m hearing, I don’t think the Giants can pay that amount.

Would Cofield be willing to take a hometown discount? “If they were competitive, absolutely. But to say I’d take an unfair contract or be willing to be paid less than that, no way I’m going to do that.” There goes that. Not that we expected him, too, though. He ended things on a nicer note, though.

“I expect to hear from them. They promised they would call regardless,” Cofield told the newspaper. “Whether or not they can make a competitive offer, I expect to hear from them. If they extend the courtesy to give me a call and let me know yay or nay, to check back in with them, I’ll do that for them. They gave me an opportunity to play in this league and we did some great things together.”

Cofield would like to stay with the Giants; he’s been with the team since his rookie season in 2006. He’s played in 79 of his possible 80 games. However, with large contracts to both Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard and second round picks Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin waiting in the wings, it doesn’t seem likely Cofield will get it. He’ll likely be elsewhere next season.

Things will be hectic site wise with many notes, news and nuggets coming in fast. Keep checking!


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6 Responses to “Teams can sign UDFA’s, Notes on Boss and Cofield”

  1. sam says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!! WE GOT EM’!! HYNOSKI!

  2. Joe says:

    I’m dissapointed that three player were signed by us already and no updates . Why.

  3. krisco says:

    Henry Hynoski (FB)
    Jarriel King (OT)

    Those are 22 UDFA we *could” sign in 3 hours.
    Allen (DE) is heading to Seattle.

  4. Brendan says:

    I’m a little confused. Is Rocky Bernard’s contract guaranteed? Do the Giants take some kind of salary cap hit if they cut him? The guy has been a huge disappointment. Couldn’t they just cut Bernard and give his money to Cofield?

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