The NFL offseason is not all about the big moves involving big money and marquee players. More often, it is about the small moves involving players who make up the middle and back end of the roster. As such, on Tuesday the Giants re-signed Scott Simonson, a useful tight end more than capable as a blocker in the run game, to a one-year contract.
Simonson, 26, is a local product, from Middletown (N.J.) High School South. He played in all 16 games last season, starting four times, and finished with nine receptions for 86 yards and his first NFL touchdown, Dec. 23 against the Colts in Indianapolis.
Simonson was signed last June as a free agent. He previously was with the Raiders and Panthers. Dave Gettleman, the Giants general manager, was running the football operation in Carolina when Simonson signed with the Panthers.
Simonson is not nearly the pass receiver that Evan Engram is and is not as solid a blocker as Rhett Ellison. He filled a role, though, and will be given another chance to stick on the roster next season.