Corey Coleman
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Veteran wide receiver Corey Coleman signs tender as a restricted free agent and will return to the New York Giants next season. 

The New York Giants will get one of their reserve receivers back on the roster for 2019.

On Monday, wide receiver Corey Coleman signed a tender as a restricted free agent according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic. The tender provides him with a one-year, $2.025 million in 2019, but without. Therefore, Coleman will still have to earn a spot on this receiver-stacked roster.

Along with Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, Coleman will compete against the likes of Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard. Coleman, Latimer, Fowler and (Russell) Shepard will all compete for the No. 3 receiver spot. Shepard and Tate will take over the one and two spots on the depth chart.

The Giants signed Coleman to their practice squad in October of 2018. Big Blue then signed him to the active roster a short week after. Through eight games last season, Coleman had five receptions for 71 yards.  He also returned 23 kicks for a total of 598 return yards.

He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns No. 15 overall in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Baylor University. Through two seasons with the Browns, Coleman tallied 56 receptions for 718 yards and five scores.

Despite being a former first-round pick, Coleman will have to work his way to the top. He’s not getting paid anywhere near the amount that Sterling Shepard and Tate are. Shepard recently signed a four-year extension worth $41 million. Tate, on the other hand, signed a four-year, $37 million deal in March.

With neither his roster spot nor his salary guaranteed, Coleman will have to put on a good showing at training camp. There’s a chance he becomes the third receiver on the roster, but also a chance he gets cut before the regular season even begins.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.