Good morning, New York Giants fans! Happy 'Weatherford Wednesday.' Let's begin by clearing up some clearly incorrect speculation of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The free-agent-to-be defensive end has not been franchised by the Giants, nor do we know for certain that he will be.
What Steve Serby of the New York Post reported Tuesday was that his sources indicate the "non-exclusive" franchise tag is a possibility the Giants and Pierre-Paul's representatives have apparently discussed. The Giants have not placed the tag on JPP, nor made any acknowledgment they will do that. Teams have until March 2 to place the franchise or transition tag on players.
The "non-exclusive" tag means players can still negotiate or sign with other teams. If the Giants in this instance were to choose to allow Pierre-Paul to sign with another team after placing the "non-exclusive" tag they would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin will speak to the media Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET. General manager Jerry Reese will be the final executive to hold a press conference. He will speak Saturday at 10 a.m. All press conferences will be live streamed on NFL Now, beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday when Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert speaks.
Here is a great piece from Jenny Vrentas of Monday Morning Quarterback on Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, a kid who will likely be drafted in the first round despite just beginning to learn to play offense.
Andrew Brandt of MMQB looks at the business side of the Combine.
Everyone has opinions on which players the Giants will be focused on during the Combine. Here are a few of those opinions:
The players Giants will have their eye on at NFL combine | New York Post
Five players Giants could look at with 9th pick in NFL draft - NY Daily News
NFL Combine 2015: Players to watch for the Giants' first-round pick | NJ.com
Giants safety Nat Berhe, who just went through the draft process a year ago, has this advice for everyone.
Stop obsessing over the combine and start watching game film, that's where you find the true dogs.— Nat Berhe (@NatBerhe) February 18, 2015
Offensive linemen are reporting to the Combine Wednesday. With that in mind, here is another look at a great piece Geoff Schwartz of the Giants wrote for The Players Tribune about surviving the Combine.
Giants.com has a terrific interview with former Giants coach Jim Fassel.
Former sports agent Joel Corry looks at salary cap questions for ever team.
Here is a 'concept helmet' design for the Giants.
NFL Concept Helmets for All 32 NFL Teams (Photos) http://t.co/KeRHsILQgm via @CandidCorner pic.twitter.com/9ahoQ1jR5C— Robert Littal (@BSO) February 18, 2015