On Thursday, defensive end Justin Trattou tweeted that he had re-signed with the New York Giants. As it turns out, that's not entirely accurate, although it's just a mere formality at this point. What actually happened is that the Giants have tendered all of their Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA), including Trattou, offensive lineman Jim Cordle and defensive end Adrian Tracy.
Since all three players have accrued less than three NFL seasons, the Giants have "exclusive rights" to keep these players by tendering one-year, league minimum contracts. The players are unable to shop themselves around, and if offered a deal by the Giants, have to take it. The only other alternative to signing these tenders is to retire from the NFL.
Both Trattou and Tracy will likely compete with Adewale Ojomo for snaps as the #3 defensive end, with Tracy also receiving a few looks at linebacker. Meanwhile, Cordle will battle for a reserve role and is capable of playing every position along the offensive line, although he's better suited for both center and guard.
Unless a longer deal is reached, all three players will become unrestricted free agents following the 2013 season.
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