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Andre Brown signs injury protection agreement with Giants

Andre Brown,  Bobby Carpenter

New York Giants’ Andre Brown, right, runs with the ball as New England Patriots’ Bobby Carpenter defends during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Wide receiver Victor Cruz hasn’t signed his restricted free agent tender with the Giants and it doesn’t look like he’ll be joining the team for offseason workouts in the immediate future.

Running back Andre Brown is also a restricted free agent that hasn’t signed his tender, but it looks like he’ll be joining the other Giants at the team’s facility in New Jersey. PFT has learned that Brown signed an injury protection agreement with the team, which will allow him to work out with the team without having a signed contract.

Brown was tendered at the second-round level by the Giants, which means he’s in line for $2.02 million in the 2013 season. There haven’t been any reports of teams interested in making a play to sign Brown away from the Giants, so there probably won’t be much action on that front before Friday. Whether Brown would then go ahead and sign the tender at that point is unknown.

It’s easy to understand why Brown would play things differently from Cruz. Brown’s going to be competing with David Wilson and anyone else the Giants might add in the backfield for carries this offseason and he’s coming off a broken leg, so it makes sense that he’d want as much time with the team as possible. Cruz’s role on the team is much more secure, making it easier for him to stay away in hopes of getting the long-term deal he desires.