Reports: Giants Agree With Several Players, Including Hillis, Stevie Brown, Schwartz
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NFL’s first day of free agency was a free-for-all, and the New York Giants were right in the middle of it.
First the team agreed to a two-year, $3.1 million deal with cornerback Trumaine McBride, according to multiple reports.
McBride, 28, was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder signed with Big Blue on Jan. 4, 2013, following stints with the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals.
A seventh-round pick out of Mississippi in the 2007 draft, McBride played in 15 games for New York in his first season with the team. He recorded 37 combined tackles, two forced fumbles and had two interceptions.
The Giants could lose cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster and Aaron Ross to free agency, which began at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
General manager Jerry Reese also came to terms with running back Peyton Hillis on a two-year, $1.8 million deal. The 28-year-old signed with New York on Oct. 16 of last year. The 6-foot-2, 244-pound bulldog rushed for 247 yards in seven games, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He scored two touchdowns on the ground and also caught 13 passes for 96 yards.
The Giants also re-signed safety Stevie Brown to a one-year, $3 million contract, according to the Daily News. He can make another $1 million in incentives. Brown, 26, had eight interceptions in 2012 only to miss all of last season due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason.
Linebacker O’Brien Schofield was added on a two-year, $8 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported, and the team also came to terms with kicker Josh Brown.
According to multiple reports, the Giants reached an agreement with offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, and will also re-sign quarterback Curtis Painter.
The team lost tight end Brandon Myers, who reportedly agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Heading into free agency the running back position was big question mark for the G-Men, with David Wilson having undergone neck surgery in January. However, with the re-signing of Hillis and their reported agreement with Rashad Jennings, the Giants appear to be in much better shape.
Jennings issued a tweet Tuesday night about joining the Giants.
Jennings, 28, ran for 733 yards (4.5 yards per carry) in 15 games in 2013 with the Oakland Raiders. He scored six touchdowns and also caught 36 passes for 292 yards.
Running backs Da’Rel Scott and Andre Brown are set to be unrestricted free agents, and fullback Henry Hynoski will be a restricted free agent.
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