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Giants trade OL Brett Jones to Vikings for 7th-round pick

Giants Wire logo Giants Wire 8/26/2018 John Fennelly
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In a surprise move, the New York Giants traded center/guard Brett Jones to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2019 seventh-round draft choice.

Jones was in a heated roster battle with Jon Halapio, who has started all three of the Giants' preseason games this summer.

The trade likely means that veteran John Greco, who was on the roster bubble according to many, will now become the backup center.

Jones, who was a celebrated CFL lineman, was signed by the Giants as a free agent in 2016. He played in 14 games at left guard as a rookie and then became the club's starting center in 2017 after Weston Richburg went down with a concussion early in the season.

Jones started 12 games at center in 2017 and actually tutored Halapio on the finer points of the position. The Vikings, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur's former team, are in need of a center as their starter, Pat Elflein has yet to practice this summer due to ankle and shoulder injuries.

The Giants saved some money with the move and added some salary cap space, roughly $3 million.

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