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The Giants have four restricted free agents, who have significantly less leverage than the team’s 17 unrestricted free agents. Because of this, the Giants should not have trouble retaining these players for the 2013 season, whether it is part of a cap-friendly deal or under a single-season tender.
RB Andre Brown – RFA
Running back Andre Brown was terrific between the tackles, averaging a team-high 5.3 yards per carry and punching in eight goal line touchdowns in 2012. Brown has trouble staying healthy, though, and he spent the last six games of last season on injured reserve with a broken fibula. His contract should reflect that.
S Stevie Brown – RFA
Safety Stevie Brown, who played on three different teams from 2010-2012, finally settled in with the Giants last season in starter Kenny Phillips’ absence. Brown had eight interceptions in only 11 starts, showing a nose for the ball.
WR Victor Cruz – RFA
Wide receiver Victor Cruz's contract negotiations are in a stalemate, as the Giants and the Pro Bowl receiver remain far apart on a new deal. If that remains the case, the organization will likely place a first-round tender on Cruz, giving him the option to accept the one-year, $2.9 million salary or hold out in hopes of reaching a long-term contract.
RB Ryan Torain – RFA
Ryan Torain was picked up with Kregg Lumpkin when the Giants were hurting for running backs late last season, but he did not get any playing time. The RFA should be easily retained, giving the Giants some backfield depth in training camp and preseason, at the very least.