As free agency rapidly approaches, the New York Giants maintain that offensive tackle Will Beatty remains one of their top priorities. And only a few short days after co-owner John Mara said the team would like to keep Beatty in blue, Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the two sides are only a few "minor issues" away from a new long-term deal.
"For my Giants followers, I wouldn't sweat Will Beatty's free agency. Lots of time to resolve what I'm hearing are minor issues," Garafolo tweeted.
With about two weeks left until the start of the new league year, Garafolo is correct in that the Giants have some time on their side. However, the days are ticking away fast and once Beatty hits the open market, there are a number of teams who are not only in need of a talented, young left tackle, but who will be willing to pay top dollar for the #3 rated free agent tackle.
There has been wide speculation that, should the Giants opt to use the franchise tag, it would be to retain Beatty. Unfortunately, even after restructuring the contract of Mathias Kiwanuka, the Giants find themselves only about $5-$6 million under the projected cap for 2013. With an approximate value of $9.66 million placed on franchise offensive lineman, New York couldn't afford to go that route even as a last resort … at least not right now.
“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,” Mara said last week.
It's not time to panic just yet – especially if the two sides only have a few "minor issues" to work through – but the sooner this gets done, the better.
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