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49ers to sign Weston Richburg, here's Giants' plan at center

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Former Giants center Weston Richburg will have a new home with the new league year begins Wednesday. 

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Richburg agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers on a five-year deal. 

Former Giants’ C-G Weston Richburg intends to sign a 5-year deal with the SF 49ers when free agency opens, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018

Richburg walks into a starting role along the 49ers offensive line, blocking for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

Richburg was recently cleared to return to football activities after an injury-riddled 2017 campaign that was cut short when he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

In Richburg’s absence, the Giants will likely turn to Brett Jones to take over the starting role permanently, after filling in for Richburg as he battled through various injuries last season. 

How much cap space do the Giants have?

Jones is currently a restricted free agent, meaning that the Giants can match any offer he receivers, after tendering the 26-year-old at a second-round pick level and committing to a cap hit of $2.91 million in 2018. 

Any team that signs Jones would owe the Giants a second-round draft pick as compensation, and the Giants can still come to terms on a long-term deal with Jones. 

After starting 13 games for the Giants last season, he could be in line for an expanded role as the starter. 

The Giants’ offensive line is going to look much different next season with Richburg headed to San Francisco, free agent target Andrew Norwell planning to sign with the Jaguars, and Justin Pugh about to become an unrestricted free agent. 

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