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New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara Says Team Will “Probably not” Use Franchise Tag

February 19th, 2013 at 1:05 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants have spent the last several weeks clearing as much cap space as they could, but it doesn't look like any will be added via the franchise tag.

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Giants co-owner John Mara told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday afternoon that the team will "probably not" administer the franchise tag this year. Potential candidates included offensive tackle Will Beatty, safety Kenny Phillips and tight end Martellus Bennett.

There had been wide speculation that the Giants would place the tag on Beatty, but Mara's comments essentially rule that out.


Tags: Football, John Mara, Kenny Phillips, Martellus Bennett, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Will Beatty

58 Responses to “New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara Says Team Will “Probably not” Use Franchise Tag”

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  1.  kujo says:

    Patricia Traina ?@Patricia_Traina
    Giants can’t apply the franchise tag unless they clear more cap space. So as of now it looks like they might not have a choice whether to use it or not.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      True, but why wouldn’t they start by restructuring with Eli and Rolle to create room when both can have contracts extended that are at this point unlikely to result in dead money because both have some years of quality play ahead of them?

      And does this mean all these veteran dead-weights are sticking? Hard to believe that.

  2.  Krow says:

    Smart thinking. If people are going to walk they’re going to walk.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Probably means that either they are awfully close to a deal with Beatty, or have a succession plan in place for him and are not desperate to keep him, or have decided that before they’d spend the franchise salary on him they’d grab a decent player in free agency for $3-5MM less and groom one of the young guys to take the position soon, or have concluded, to the dismay of fans everywhere, that they can live with David Diehl at LT if Brewer cannot beat him out.

    They’ve probably also decided that they will allow KP to test the market, hoping he won’t see much green out there thanks to his knee.

    And they’ve come up with a number they’ll offer Bennett and see if he’ll take it, and be willing to move on if he won’t.

    Cannot disagree with this approach, but I did think they might tag Beatty so they had a transition year where they could avoid having Diehl play Eli’s blind side while getting a youngster ready to take on the position as Beatty departed next season.

    Whatever they do, I assume it will be smart.

    •  kujo says:

      Looks like they’re on the fiscally conservative track, having looked at their ledger book and realized that they’ve got an awful lot of capital invested in aging and underperforming assets. Could be that they’re seeing what Cashman’s tactics have been like this offseason and are going to be following a similarly tight-belted approach.

  4.  KingAndrewXXIII says:


    Theoretically, say TC does retire at the end of the season…Super Bowl or not. Who comes in to take his place? Or do they promote Kevin Gilbride, who was mentored under TC and has been the OC for both recent Super Bowls?

    I’m sure that thought is enough to make a few people’s heads explode this morning.

    Personally, I would love to see Cowher come to NY. The guy is a hard nosed (and chinned) football coach that guys like to play for and respect. Many have speculated that he has his eyes on the position and is waiting out coaching until it becomes available. The family ties are there as well.


    •  kujo says:

      This has been discussed, ad nauseum, on here and elsewhere. Suffice to say that whenever Coughlin decides to hang ‘em up, his successor will very likely not be as successful as him, at least not in the short term. Coughlin will go down as one of the best coaches we’ve ever had. Whether or not Cowher is pegged as the next coach doesn’t matter much.

    •  LUZZ says:

      no to almost any and all retreads.

      It’s a changing league that requires young blood. when TC goes on his own choice. JR will bring in a cutting edge coach. Think OC for Utah, Brian Johnson. Not exactly him, he’s a bit young, but someone like him. At 25 he’s probably one of the best play callers in the country.

      Would love to see Peterson from Boise take over. i really think he could be the next great coach.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    I’m actually thinking this is going to be the battle of attrition that I was thinking would happen. I mean doing the right thing is what it’s all about.
    Not paying or over paying poor or declining performance is key. But I think the Giants will lose a lot more players than what we may have initially thought.

    It really looks like Reese will have to utilize the draft this year and next to bring in some additional impact players. And depending on what happens this year, those picks in 2014 could be pretty early. The financial situation sounds dire. Perhaps I’m wrong. But right now it seems the team will have to play with the youngsters already on the roster, and add more via draft and UDFA.

  6.  Samardzija says:

    “I think he has one more in him,” Thomas said. “We have a great nucleus of guys, and I don’t think he wants to give that up. That passion is still burning within him. He’s in that facility all day every day; he’s going crazy not being able to coach and watch film. He lives and breathes football. He has everybody in there all day, every day, in the offseason.”

    Am I the only one who red this and thought he meant he has one more Superbowl win in him and not just one more year?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I think your interpretation is not what Thomas said, but is probably MUCH closer to the truth than what he said.

  7.  TheCatch says:

    Remember this is a 28 year old talking. When I was 28 I thought 66 was old too. He has no idea what TC is thinking.

  8. I think TC and Eli need another Superbowl like we need air to breathe.

    Fact is, in both years there were miracle turnarounds in the teams play. While this is becoming more and more common, I thin TC wants to be a part of a wire -to- wire great team.

    I dont think he and Eli want any “yeah buts” on their resume, even in the farthest corners.

    •  LUZZ says:

      Wire to wire domination that then leads to superbowls are so uncommon in todays NFL. Green Bay nearly missed the playoffs in their SB run, we know our story, Ravens looked terrible for a stretch this season and fired their OC. the list goes on and on, there should be no yeah buts to either of our recent SBs.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    I’m leaving tomorrow for a vacation and probably won’t be checking in much if at all. But boy, this should be an eventful few weeks. I am REALLY curious as to whether they really thought they were “pretty close” last season and can get one more shot out of some of these aging players who disappointed last season (Tuck, Webster, Snee, Diehl, Blackburn, and Tynes), or if they’re getting ready to clean the Augean stables and go with a real youth movement in an attempt to be ready for another run that starts in 2014 and goes for 3-5 years thereafter.

    Were they holding back a lot of the younger players because they had just come off a championship season and looked poised for another run ten weeks into the season? Are a lot of those youngsters ready to have breakout seasons, or are they now a season of experience away? Were Webster and Tuck and Snee so diminished by their injuries that we can get a lot more out of them in 2013? Can Nicks come all the way back from his injuries to being one of the 5-7 best receivers in the NFL (You don’t think he was? Check his production and watch some tape because he was every bit that in 2011)? Does David Wilson really need a better-then-average offensive line?

    We’ll start to see hints of what the Giants think over the next few weeks. Should be pretty interesting. With two rings in six years none of us have any cause for complaint if 2013 is a “transitional” year. But whichever way they go, I hope we will have the pleasure of seeing real development of a younger team over the course of the 2013 season because I think this team should be very strong in 2014-2016. If they can make a run in 2013 I’d be delighted with the “bonus”, but right now I’m more interested in the building process that will start playing out shortly.

  10.  CT GIANT says:

    If I had one complaint with Tom Coughlin, it would be not getting enough youth into games, even a few snaps or breathers for starters, yet I can’t help think that Reese who is seen as a genius, is in dire straights with “no money”?
    Baas alone 27.5M deal makes one think, what did he do to get that deal?
    Is he worth that? Canty & Bernard got a combined 84M in one weekend? Boley also got paid, but imo, was worth it, we got some good play from him as a backer.
    But seeing 3rd round picks go south, from Sintum; Beckum; Barden; and maybe Jernigan makes me wonder, and I’m not sold YET, on Prince, 18 teams passed on him, and he still plays 10 yards off his man?
    JPP & Nicks plus Beatty make JR look good, but recently, only Randle & Wilson are works in progress, the rest were flyer’s at best. I guess will see how much money they do have, or don’t have , very soon. Hope I’m all wet!

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Canty was a good signing who had never been hurt and then was ALWAYS hurt as a member of the Giants. Same goes to some extent with Baas. GMs cannot guess as to when someone who has been healthy will get injured.

      Yeah, those third rounders don’t look great, but Jernigan could still prove out and by late third round (when the Giants have generally been picking) you’re running out of obvious starting material. (I still think Beckum might have a future in the NFL, but he obviously wasn’t given much of a chance here because of scheme).

      But you’re right, Reese has boxed himself in now. What he does between now and over the next two drafts will be a serious test and we’d all better hope he passes with flying colors. I think he will.

      •  GmenMania says:

        Sintim was a second-rounder. Anyway, Reese needs to have a great draft his offseason (and the next one) to keep this team competitive for the next couple of years.

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