The New York Giants have traded center Brett Jones to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2019 draft pick.
Jones, who was present the start of the team’s practice Sunday, was spotted walking off the field with a trainer about halfway in.
The team later announced that the former CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award winner in 2014 and the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award winner in 2013.
Jones, who was signed by the Giants in February 2015, appeared in 30 games over the last two seasons with 14 starts, 13 of which came last year after now former center Weston Richburg was lost for the season with a concussion.
This offseason, Jones received a second-round tender of $2,914,000 as a restricted free agent but was unable to defend his starting position at center against Jon Halapio.
The Giants also worked veteran guard John Greco in at center this summer, a role he performed well, which further made Jones expendable.
The Giants will receive a seventh-round pick from the Vikings in exchange for Jones. Minnesota's starting center, Pat Elflein, is currently on the team's PUP list.
"I think the trade was good for both," head coach Pat Shurmur said. "He’s one of my favorite guys and he’s going to a really good place. With their situation in the offensive line, he’s going to have a chance to compete to maybe be their starter."
New York originally had two seventh round picks in next year’s draft, their own and the Rams’ pick which was included in the trade for linebacker Alec Ogletree.
The Giants have committed one of those picks to Denver in exchange for punter Riley Dixon if he should make the 53-man roster.