According to a report posted by Mike Wilkening of NBC's Pro Football Talk today, the New York Football Giants will not tender a contract to restricted free agent (RFA) fullback Henry Hynoski. Hynoski was an undrafted free agent signed by the G-men out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. He was a starter on the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI championship team that defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in February 2011.
Hynoski scuffled through an injury-plagued campaign in 2013, as he injured his left knee on the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) in May and missed the entire preseason. He then played in just three regular season games before suffering a shoulder fracture against the Carolina Panthers. Ironically, Hynoski was injured on his only pass catch of 2013, and he has only five rushing attempts in his career.
About Hynoski's contract situation, Wilkening wrote, "The Giants will not tender fullback Henry Hynoski a contract in restricted free agency, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio on Monday."
After Hynoski's injury, New York signed free agent fullback John Conner to a two-year contract, and the team seemed pleased with his contributions over the remainder of the 2013 season. Conner will be making a cap-friendly $740,000 for 2014, according to OverTheCap.com.
As a restricted free agent, Hynoski would be given a Original Round Tender at $1,398,000 per season, which is almost twice as much as Conner makes. Restricted free agents can be given a first or second round tender, or an original round tender to lock them in with a club for one year. But given Conner's contract, as well as Hynoski's recent injury history, the Giants most likely look at a tender contract as more than they are willing to spend, and likely more than Hynoski would command on the open market.