New York Giants free agent tight end Larry Donnell has officially been tendered with the exclusive rights tender, keeping him a Giant for at least one more year.
An Exclusive-Rights Free Agent is an NFL player who is not under contract, but has only two years of NFL experience, in Donnell’s case, both with the Giants. Since the Giants made him an offer at the three year veteran minimum salary, then that’s it, he has to take it or leave the NFL. Donnell had no right to negotiate with other teams, despite being a free agent. He was “free” only in the sense that he was technically free to quit.
So Donnell was not exactly a free agent, and it was clear the Giants had intentions to sign him back.
Donnell had a breakout season last year, reeling in 63 catches for 623 yards and 6 touchdowns. He is expected to be the teams starting tight end for the start of 2015.