New York Giants' news, 2/18: Franchise tag, NFL combine, more

Will Beatty

Could the New York Giants use the franchise tag? Who will they use it on? That, and more in your Monday notebook.

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Good morning, New York Giants' fans! The NFL scouting combine starts this week and teams can begin slapping the franchise tag on players today. Your Monday notebook reflects both of those items.

A look at Giants' potential 'franchise' options | New York Daily News

Prediction – I don’t think the Giants are going to use the tag. First of all, I don’t think they like to use it even though they’ve done it twice in the last four years. Second of all, with them currently pressed up against the cap, I think the numbers are just too high. They’re definitely to high (to me) to justify using it on Bennett or Phillips (mostly because they could likely either re-sign both players or find suitable replacements at those positions for considerably less). And while I think there’s a slight possibility they’ll use it on Beatty if they think they’re real close to a long-term deal with him, that’s a huge gamble to take because if they fail to strike a deal by March 12 he’ll be eating up 8% of their cap space as the market opens. That's a huge chuck of the cap considering they will still have a lot of holes to fill.

Chris Canty has heard from Panthers players, but not GM | ProFootballTalk

Tom Coughlin’s ‘Earn the Right To Win’ Isn’t Same Old Sports Book " CBS New York

Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree have most at stake at NFL Combine - NFL - Peter King - SI.com

Ogletree will be on the hot seat at the NFL combine | www.ajc.com

‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: New York Giants | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports

Wonderlic to be supplemented by new aptitude test at combine - NFL.com

Franchise-tag primer: Predictions for all 32 NFL teams - NFL.com

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