All three players tendered as Exclusive Rights Free Agents
The New York Giants reportedly made a trio of unsurprising and inexpensive roster moves on Wednesday, tendering contract offers to Exclusive Rights Free Agents Jon Halapio, Aldrick Rosas and Elijhaa Penny.
Halapio was the Giants starting center until suffering a broken ankle in Week 2. GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur have repeatedly said Halapio was playing well before the injury and reminded not to forget about him when looking ahead to 2019.
Penny was signed off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad and played in 14 games with three starts. He had seven carries for 25 yards and eight pass receptions while doing a good job as a lead blocker in limited playing time.
What is an Exclusive Rights Free Agent?
Here is the definition from Over The Cap:
These are the players with 2 or less seasons in the league, a status reserved almost solely for undrafted rookie type players. Once tendered they can only negotiate with their former team. The tender offer is only a one year non-guaranteed contract at the minimum salary level so most teams would use the ERFA designation on players who were on the roster late in the prior year and signed to a 1 year deal. Usually these offers are signed as soon as they are made since nothing is gained by waiting.
That makes all three of these moves inexpensive no-brainers that should have been expected.