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FRANCHISE PLAYER
P Steve Weatherford (tendered at $2.654 million; signed long-term contract March 16).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--OL Stacy Andrews, who finished the year on injured reserve due to a blood clots found in his lungs, has been making progress. The Giants appear to have interest in re-signing him, but they will continue to monitor his health and, if he clears his medical hurdles, he could be back with the team later in the spring.

-DT Rocky Bernard could be back with the team later this spring. While the Giants will be looking for last year's second-round pick, Marvin Austin, to move into the rotation at defensive tackle, Austin has been away from the game for two years for various reasons, so Bernard could provide a stopgap solution until Austin is back up to speed.

--CB Will Blackmon, whose primary contribution was as the punt returner, is unlikely to be re-signed with the return of receiver Domenik Hixon.

--WR Michael Clayton, who finished the season on injured reserve, is not expected to be re-signed as the Giants are looking to get younger in their wide receiver corps.

--S Deon Grant is not likely to be re-signed as the Giants are hoping to see more progress from second-year man Tyler Sash. They are also hoping that their 2010 third-round draft pick, Chad Jones, who has been vigorously rehabbing from injuries suffered in a car crash, will be physically able to compete for the third safety spot behind starters Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle.

--DT Jimmy Kennedy is not expected to receive a contract offer. Kennedy rarely saw the field following his reinstatement from a league-imposed four-week suspension, and with the anticipated return of second-year man Marvin Austin, the Giants will look to infuse youth at the third defensive tackle spot.

--S Derrick Martin, whose primary role was on special teams, is not expected to be re-signed by the Giants.

--RT Kareem McKenzie is not expected to be re-signed, as with the return of Will Beatty from an eye injury, the Giants may look to move David Diehl to right tackle.

--OL Tony Ugoh, who was signed following the loss of tackle Will Beatty, could be in the team's plans later this spring if they don't re-sign Stacy Andrews. Ugoh would provide veteran depth at tackle, most likely at a reasonable rate.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--TE Jake Ballard: Potential ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

--LB Chase Blackburn: UFA; $825,000/1 yr.

--QB David Carr: UFA; $990,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.

--CB Michael Coe: UFA; $600,000/1 yr.

--WR Domenik Hixon: Potential UFA; $615,000/1yr.

--CB Bruce Johnson: Potential RFA; $540,000/ 1 yr.

--TE Bear Pascoe: ERFA; $615,000/1 yr.

--CB Terrell Thomas: Potential UFA; $28.4M/4 yrs, $1M SB/$6M RB '13.

--CB Justin Tryon: UFA; $700,000/1 yr.

--P Steve Weatherford: FFA; $12.75M/5 yrs, $3.25M guaranteed.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--TE Martellus Bennett: UFA Cowboys; $1.8M/1 yr, $675,000SB/$100,000 RB.

--S Stevie Brown: Not tendered as ERFA by Colts; $540,000/1 yr.

--S Chris Horton: FA; $650,000/1 yr.

--OT Sean Locklear: UFA Redskins; $825,000/1 yr.

--CB Antwaun Molden: UFA Patriots; $700,000/1 yr.

--LB Keith Rivers (trade Bengals).

--DT Shaun Rogers: UFA Saints; $925,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

--LB Jonathan Goff: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.

--RB Brandon Jacobs (released).

--WR Mario Manningham: UFA 49ers; $7.375M/2 yrs, $2M SB/$4.45M guaranteed.

--CB Aaron Ross: UFA Jaguars; $15.3M/3 yrs, $1M SB.

--WR Devin Thomas: UFA Bears; $700,000/1 yr.

--DE Dave Tollefson: UFA Raiders; $2.5M/2 yrs, $1.25M guaranteed.

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