Giants RB Andre Brown signs second-round RFA tender

4/24/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

New York Giants running back Andre Brown signed his one-year restricted free agent tender on Monday, a league source with knowledge of the signing confirmed.
The 23-year-old Andre Brown had been tendered by the New York Giants at the second-round level, which puts his one-year salary from the deal the deal at $2.023 million, with no guarantees. Prior to signing the tender, Andre Brown also participated in the team’s offseason workout last week, after agreeing to an injury-protection waiver with the team.
Andre Brown posted a team-high eight rushing touchdowns but was limited to only 385 total yards (on 73 carries) last season as he missed the final month of the 2012 regular season with a broken fibula. But after the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw via free agency, Andre Brown is expected to play a bigger role in tandem with second-year pro David Wilson, the New York Giants’ other top running back currently on the roster.
While such conditions could contribute to David Wilson demanding a more lucrative, long-term deal or drawing attention from other teams on the open market, the New York Giants believed such an endeavor still not possible. Now entering his fifth season, Andre Brown is just coming off the first season of consistent playing time with any team throughout his career. Andre Brown’s injury history was bound to raise concerns for a few teams, considering they’d put to risk a compensatory second-round pick in order to acquire the player. The former fourth-rounder Andre Brown missed his entire rookie season following a season-ending Achilles injury in 2009, and continued to bounce around the league, being frequently signed to practice squads and waived seven times by five teams until landing with the New York Giants in 2012.
Motivated by last season’s initial success, Andre Brown has already set his eye on big targets for the 2013 season, including 22 touchdowns and 1,300 yards, which would likely become the “stepping stone” to further increased production.
The New York Giants began free agency with three restricted free agents. But safety Stevie Brown almost immediately signed his second-round tender and now Andre Brown can join the club. Wide receiver Victor Cruz has still not signed his first-round tender and continues to hold out to the New York Giants’ voluntary offseason workouts, to use as leverage as both sides try to work out a multi-year deal.
New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara has advised patience in such dealings and remained optimistic on Monday that a long-term contract with Victor Cruz “will get done at some point.”
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