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New York Giants Do not Use Franchise Tag

March 4th, 2013 at 4:35 PM
By Dan Benton

The four o'clock hour has come and gone, and the New York Giants have not used their franchise tag.

'David Carr and Martellus Bennett Warm Up' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license:

At an estimated $3.8 million under the salary cap, the Giants had no real room to place the tag, but as we saw only a year ago when they placed it on punter Steve Weatherford, you can never assume anything until after the deadline has passed. And now that it has, the Giants are left with a number of key free agents – many of whom they will not likely be able to re-sign.

Several potential franchise options included offensive tackle Will Beatty, who was signed to a five-year deal, tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Kenny Phillips.

Bennett recently tweeted that he's "not feeling the love" from the Giants, and probably wouldn't have been too thrilled with the tag anyway, while the team went a different route with Phillips, attempting to offer him a "modest" deal which he's taking into consideration as he heads into a potentially lucrative free agent market.

All of their remaining free agents will be free to begin negotiating with other teams on March 8th.


Tags: Football, Kenny Phillips, Martellus Bennett, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Steve Weatherford, Will Beatty

7 Responses to “New York Giants Do not Use Franchise Tag”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Bradshaw hopes to get medical clearance on Wednesday

    Cut last month by the Giants after literally being cut in the foot by a surgeon the month before, running back Ahmad Bradshaw has not yet been cleared medically.

    Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bradshaw is scheduled to see his doctor on Wednesday, with the goal of receiving the green light to visit teams and take a physical.

    Bradshaw believes the door is open for a possible return to the Giants. He also has expressed interest in the Jets, but the Jets reportedly aren’t interested in him.

    His head start on the free-agency market ends in eight days, when every running back with an expiring contract will be able to pursue new contracts.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      AB is going to be one of those guys who isn’t going to “see the love”. He’s going to have to play for just a bit more than veteran minimum or he’s going to be sitting on his couch in June hoping someone gets injured during camp. He’s a good player, and deserves better, but this cap situation is going to doom a lot of the guys who in the past might have seen $2.5-$3MM deals. I think plenty of them are going to be playing, if at all, for $1-1.5MM.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think he might end up getting in the 2.5 mil range. He reminds me of Benson last year. He was a free agent for a while but then ended up signing for like 3 mil with GB. Bradshaw is the type to help out a contending team that can’t take a chance or doesn’t trust the younger options.

        But he could end up getting a low contract too. It will be much like musical chairs. Some UFAs will end up just fine and others will be left with only deals of that range to chose from.

        •  fanfor55years says:

          You may prove right, but I think he’d be very smart to take $1.5MM from Reese if he offers that for him to be the #2-#3 back for Big Blue. I just don’t think this is going to be a great year for backs who are not able to be the lead dog, and any team that thinks Bradshaw can be that ought to check the medical reports very carefully. Could he get $2MM? Maybe. But if I were him I wouldn’t bet on that.

  2.  Giantskillcowboys says:

    Hmm, I didn’t realize the deadline for the tag was today. Since the Giants locked up Beatty, I thought they might go ahead and franchise Bennett or Phillips, but I guess they didn’t feel they needed to. I think letting Bennett get away might be a mistake. Eli’s made every starting TE for the Giants over the years look very very good, but think how much better they could have been had they stuck around. Boss’ numbers were very solid with NY and have turned into nothing since he left. Ballard only got one season with us as starter and now Bennett could possibly be one and done too. I realize the cap situation is tight, but the TE position should not be a question mark before every season like it has been lately. Sign Bennett to a 3 year deal and see what you have in Robinson. If he develops, great, you can always trade or cut Bennett later. If not, then you’re still set with a solid TE going forward. We only have 4 mil or so in Cap space yet we haven’t made any other cuts and have not restructured any other contracts from under performing players. I’m sure Reese and Coughlin will make the right moves, it’s just a time of speculation for us fans at the moment.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Most likely why Reese is taking a calm approach. Eli can work with a TE provided said TE has a pulse. And as long as the Giants don’t go for a smallish WR type tight end, they will be looking for a guy who can both block and catch the occasional seam route and be an end zone target inside the twenty yard line. The Giants value traditional tight ends plain and simple.

      So any of us thinking we’re going to see a lot of flex TE and 3 wide will have to wait for Coughlin to retire, and the entire Blue philosophy to change.

      As for the lack of FA tag, it seems Reese sent a message. We’ll work with anyone for a good deal. But if you feel you need a kings ransom, the door is that way. YOUNGER, FASTER, STRONGER CHEAPER coming right up.

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