Wait — There’s a looming work stoppage? Coulda fooled me… because the Giants are doing business as usual preparing for the 2011 season.
Today they extended tenders to sevearal key players include Kiwanuka, Smith, and Bradshaw.
via Mike Garafolo:
"The Giants extended tenders today to their potential free agents with only four or five years’ experience: DE Mathias Kiwanuka, WR Steve Smith, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, DT Barry Cofield, TE Kevin Boss, OL Kevin Boothe and DE Dave Tollefson. All of them received a second-round tender, save for Boothe, whose level is currently unclear. There’s no word yet on WR/KR Domenik Hixon, but you can bet the disparity in negotiations between the owners and the NFL Players’ Association he got one."
I think everything looks to be in order with these choices — and who knows what the NFL/PU negotiations will entail but if this was a year ago with nothing out of the ordinary happening behind the scenes, I’d expect the same results.