According to an article written by Charles Whisnand in the Porterville Recorder this weekend, New York Giants' restricted free agent tight end Bear Pascoe is set to re-sign this week with Big Blue. The reporter cited a conversation he had with Pascoe's father, Sean Pascoe, as the source for his story.
The elder Pascoe also indicated that the contract will be for one year and probably at the league minimum (approximately $600,000).
Sean Pascoe said, "I don’t think he’ll be getting what they were hoping. At least he’s got a job, that’s the main thing."
Pascoe just finished his fourth season with the New York Giants, after being a sixth round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL draft. The Fresno State product made the 49ers' practice squad out of training camp, but he never suited up for the team.
Known mainly as a blocking tight end because of his size (6-5, 283 lbs.), Pascoe had just four catches for 35 yards and 1 touchdown during 2012 campaign. His one touchdown catch this season came in a 19-17 week 4 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ironically, Pascoe had a touchdown reception in the Giants' 2012 playoff run when he caught a 6-yard pass pass Eli Manning against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game. It was Pascoe's only catch in the game.
Two weeks later in Super Bowl XLVI, Pascoe had 4 catches for 33 yards, and he was used more extensively after both Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard sustained knee injuries in the game against the New England Patriots. The Giants won the contest 21-17, and Pascoe became a super bowl champion for the first time.
If Pascoe's contract is only for one year, then he will be able to test the free agent market after the completion of the 2013 season.
Sean Pascoe seemed excited about his son's opportunity to be an unrestricted free agent after next season, when he was quoted in the Porterville Recorder as saying, “He’ll be able to test it [free agency] real good.”
If Pascoe signs this week, he will be the first of the Giants' 23 free agents to have settled his contract for the 2013 season.