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God is Good! Im humbled & honored to be signing with the @Giants for the 2018 season! Its a huge day for my family!Im grateful to the NYG organization for believing in me, my mgmt team for supporting me, and–most of all–the Good Lord who continues to open doors for me! pic.twitter.com/vjM7RROIRe
Originally a sixth-round pick of the Broncos in 2014, Halapio did not play in a NFL regular-season game until joining the Giants in 2017. He played in 10 with six starts and was a pleasant surprise for an offensive line badly in need of depth. Even with an overhaul coming to the starting lineup, he re-signed as an exclusive rights free agent on March 12.
Herzlich spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve after suffering a stinger in training camp. He still was the Giants’ 2017 nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field.
God is Good! Im humbled & honored to be signing with the @Giants for the 2018 season! Its a huge day for my family!Im grateful to the NYG organization for believing in me, my mgmt team for supporting me, and—most of all—the Good Lord who continues to open doors for me! pic.twitter.com/vjM7RROIRe
Herzlich has played in 88 games with 17 starts since joining the Giants as rookie free agent in 2011. He is valuable on special teams and made it clear he wanted to return.
The 10-year NFL veteran re-signed with the Giants on Feb. 21, choosing to reunite with coach Pat Shurmur before testing the open market. Greco, who played for Shurmur when he as offensive coordinator of the Rams and head coach of the Browns, was unsigned until the Giants called in November last season.
Linebacker Mark Herzlich Re-Signs With New York Giants
Wing set a couple of Giants franchise punting records during his first two seasons with the team but was one of the worst punters in the NFL in 2017. Despite the Giants hiring his former college special teams coordinator, Thomas McGaughey, to the same role this offseason, Wing was released on March 11.
Big Blue re-signs guard Jon Halapio and linebacker Mark Herzlich and reportedlly will meet with free-agent running back Jonathan Stewart.
Andrew Norwell #68 of the Carolina Panthers in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Al Bello
Signing a starting offensive lineman — with Andrew Norwell as the primary target — remains the biggest objective of the offseason for the Giants. On Monday, when the legal tampering period of free agency opened, they began to make their official overtures toward the soon-to-be-former Panthers guard, according to a source. No deal can be concluded with Norwell until Wednesday.
In the meantime, the Giants took other steps in the rebuilding of their roster on Monday. Those included re-signing guard Jon Halapio and linebacker Mark Herzlich and, according to NFL Network, setting up a meeting for Tuesday with free-agent running back Jonathan Stewart.
Giants re-sign OL Jon Halapio, LB Mark Herzlich
The Giants are in the market for a running back, and signing a free agent would be insurance in case they are unable to land one in the draft. Stewart has a history with Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and offensive coordinator Mike Shula from his time with the Panthers, but he also turns 31 next week. In fact, his best game was a 206-yard effort against the Giants that was so long ago, it was at Giants Stadium . . . in 2009.
Gettleman has a history of granting favor visits for former players (see Victor Cruz last offseason), and this may be a similar situation. Stewart, who was released by the Panthers last month, visited the Lions on Monday and left without a deal. The Giants running back depth chart includes Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins; pending free agents Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen are not expected back.
Giants re-sign LB Herzlich, G Halapio
As for the players the Giants did retain, Halapio started the final six games of the season at guard. He split time down the stretch with John Greco, who also was re-signed by the Giants this offseason. Halapio was an exclusive-rights free agent.
Herzlich, who was to become an unrestricted free agent, spent 2017 on injured reserve after a stinger in his neck in training camp. Hell serve as a veteran presence on special teams, can pitch in on defense and will provide leadership in a locker room in which the new regime wants to instill a new culture.
Tom Rock began covering sports for Newsday in 1996 and has been the Giants beat writer since 2008.