As expected, the New York Giants did not use the franchise tag on any of their remaining unrestricted free agents. The deadline for doing so passed Monday at 4 p.m. ET, meaning that unless they reach a deal with the Giants before March 12 all of the free agents -- including Martellus Bennett, Kenny Phillips, Kevin Boothe and Chase Blackburn -- will hit the open market.
Meanwhile, Bennett was having some fun teasing Giants' fans -- and maybe Tampa Bay Buccaneers' fans -- today on Twitter. First, Bennett tweeted that he was "about to get paid." Which he is, of course. It's just a question of how much and by whom.
Bennett then dropped this very Bennett-like beauty to the Twitter-verse:
Being on the market is a good thing when you're pretty. Last year I was ugly and I did aight. A prettier Marty this year.— Martellus Bennett (@JoeGryffindor) March 4, 2013
Hmmm. 'Ugly Marty' was worth a one-year, $2.5-million deal to the Giants. Wonder what the price tag for 'pretty Marty' will be after a career-high 55-catch season.