The New York Giants have officially re-signed TE Scott Simonson to a new contract on Thursday, as expected.
As explained by Dan Duggan, the Giants releasing Simonson on Wednesday was simply a “bookkeeping matter.”
The Giants re-signed Simonson in February, which was technically qualified as an extension and made him ineligible for a Minimum Salary Benefit contract.
Simonson signed a one-year, $895K contract with a base salary of $805K, a $65K signing bonus and a $25K workout bonus. He counted $895K against the cap, but the Giants were able to reduce this down to $735K by cutting him and re-signing him at this point in the year.
New York picks up $160K in cap space, per Duggan.
Simonson, 27, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Assumption College back in 2014. He was unable to make Oakland’s final 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, but later signed on to the team’s practice squad.
The Raiders elected to place him on waivers the following year and he later caught on with the Panthers. Simonson was on and off of Carolina’s roster over the next few years but the team declined to tender him a restricted offer in 2018.
Simonson signed on with the Giants in for the 2018 season and returned to New York on a one-year deal this offseason.
In 2018, Simonson appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and caught nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.