The New York Giants have made it no secret that offensive tackle Will Beatty is one of their top offseason priorities. They've gone on record as saying they'd like to sign him to a long-term deal, and co-owner John Mara reiterated that on Thursday. However, he also remains convinced that using the franchise tag to retain Beatty is unlikely.
“Oh definitely. We want him back. I guess we could, if we wanted to, use the [franchise] tag on him, but I don’t know that I see that happening…He’s a good player. We think he’s an ascending player, and he’s somebody we’d like to have on our team.”
This is the second time in as many weeks that Mara said the team will "probably not" use the franchise tag, and with the price of a franchise offensive lineman expected to be around $9.66 million, the Giants couldn't afford to use it on him anyway.
Still, with no one waiting in the wings, the Big Blue finds themselves in a precarious position with Beatty, who was recently rated the number three pending free agent takcle by Pro Football Focus.
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