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Giants won’t use franchise tag, either

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In a Saturday blog post entitled “Franchise tag makes no sense for Giants,” Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News cites multiple team and NFL sources to confirm that the Giants will not be using the franchise tag before the February 24 deadline.

No Giants player whose contract is expiring collected more than $1.776 million last season. The lowest non-kicker franchise number is expected to be roughly $7.3 million — for tight ends — and the G-Men haven’t deemed free agent tight end Kevin Boss worth that much.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes and punter Matt Dodge are both signed safely beyond 2011.

Other Giants free agents who might have an outside shot to be franchised include running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive end/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, wide receiver Steve Smith, and defensive tackle Barry Cofield.

But Kiwanuka is coming off a career-threatening neck injury. Assigning the tag to Bradshaw would give him an 850-percent raise on his 2010 salary of $1.101 million. Bradshaw has undergone at least four foot and ankle surgeries over the past two offseasons, and fumbled seven times last year. Cofield is rehabbing a surgically repaired shoulder after a 2010 microfracture knee procedure, and the Giants have a ready-made replacement in last year’s second-round pick, Linval Joseph. Smith had his own microfracture operation in December.

So the Giants join the Falcons, Saints, and Cowboys as teams that we know won’t be using a franchise tag in 2011.

Eight players have been tagged so far.

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15 Responses to “Giants won’t use franchise tag, either”
  1. mad55555 says: Feb 19, 2011 2:38 PM

    Even if they were all free agents, nobody on that Philadelphia Owned: NJ team is worth franchising . Sheli? No.

  2. hooterdawg says: Feb 19, 2011 2:52 PM

    “Other Giants free agents who might have an outside shot to be franchised include …”

    yet…

    “So the Giants join the Falcons, Saints, and Cowboys as teams that WE KNOW won’t be using a franchise tag in 2011.”

    Umm….you really know squat until February 25th.

  3. jonlynia says: Feb 19, 2011 2:54 PM

    Not franchising Boss? Good. He was part of the ball dropping club know as the receiver core that rivaled Seattle.

  4. clavette says: Feb 19, 2011 3:14 PM

    and the Giants have a ready-made replacement in last year’s second-round pick, Linval Joseph

    Linval Joseph barely played. Cofield is the most important defensive free agent on this team. Kiwi is a close second.

  5. drexelvol says: Feb 19, 2011 4:44 PM

    There is seriously no one on that team that’s even remotely worth franchising.

  6. thesmiteofthewicked says: Feb 19, 2011 5:48 PM

    “drexelvol says: Feb 19, 2011 4:44 PM

    There is seriously no one on that team that’s even remotely worth franchising”

    This site really should require an IQ test for commenting. If you honestly believe such drivel, you know NOTHING about football.

  7. carryingweight says: Feb 19, 2011 5:55 PM

    I believe Steve smith was the first giants wr with 100 receps in a yr if he comes back healthy he could be due some money and soon.

  8. east96st says: Feb 19, 2011 5:56 PM

    mad5555 – When did Philly win the Super Bowl again? Please remind us.

  9. goldtoothbiscuits says: Feb 19, 2011 5:57 PM

    Giants made a good call b/c I don’t think any of them are worth top 5 money

  10. bluefan204 says: Feb 19, 2011 6:24 PM

    mad55555 says: Feb 19, 2011 2:38 PM

    Even if they were all free agents, nobody on that Philadelphia Owned: NJ team is worth franchising . Sheli? No.

    —–

    Yet another Philthy fan who lets her hate lead the way for her brain to follow.

    The only thing Philthy owns is the copyright to 1960. Tell Eisenhower I said hello!

  11. gcsuk says: Feb 19, 2011 8:27 PM

    mad55555 has to pull that “Philadelhia Owned NJ Giants” line out for every Giants story.

    He just can’t acknowledge the fact that Philadelphia is now correctly called the “Green Bay Owned Philthadelphia Eagles”, since the Eagles have not beaten Green Bay for 3 years now (0-3).

    How’s it feel to know your team is OWNED, mad?
    I couldn’t even hold it against GB that they beat the Giants and knocked them out of the Post-Season. They Were kind enough to beat Philthy in the playoffs. Ah, the look of Vick throwing that final pick…priceless memories.

    Have fun this off-season hanging your head after another futile season, mad (what is that 45 years straight now?).

  12. zaggs says: Feb 19, 2011 9:28 PM

    mad55555″Philadelphia Owned: NJ team”

    Is everyone in Philly this stupid? The Mara’s are from New York and the Tisch’s are from New Jersey.

  13. tucknrolle says: Feb 19, 2011 9:31 PM

    I would hate to see a lot of those guys go especially kiwi, Bradshaw, smith and cofield. We all saw that we were not the same team without smith there to move the chains. I’m hot and cold in boss I feel like he disappears for weeks at a time., but then he magically will come through in the clutch in the red zone. We shall see.

  14. bluefan204 says: Feb 19, 2011 10:53 PM

    zaggs says: Feb 19, 2011 9:28 PM

    mad55555″Philadelphia Owned: NJ team”

    Is everyone in Philly this stupid? The Mara’s are from New York and the Tisch’s are from New Jersey.

    —-

    Most of them fail to realize that probably more than half of the state of NJ are Philly fans, but they liken it as a place worse than Afghanistan anyway. So yes, most Philly people are indeed that stupid.

  15. gcsuk says: Feb 20, 2011 1:02 AM

    The “Philadelphia Owned NJ Giants” is mad55555’s calling card, his blanket statement.
    He shows up on EVERY Giants story to brag about how the Giants have not beaten the Eagles for 6 straight games, hence the Eagles “own” the Giants.

    That is why I brought up the “Green Bay Owned Philthadelphia Eagles”, as the Eagles have not beaten the Packers in the same amount of time (less games, but same amount of years).

    I think Giants fans are quite happy with the fact that the Giants, as an organization, has “owned” the Lombardi Trophy 3 times. I don’t think they have rings and banner ceremonies for beating a division rival.

    Carry on with your little life, mad55555.

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