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Report -- Franchise Tag For Jason Pierre-Paul Without Long-Term Deal

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New York Giants headlines for Monday, 2/23.

Jason Pierre-Paul
Jason Pierre-Paul
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The New York Giants will use the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul if they can't reach a long-term deal by March 2, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported early Monday morning.

That certainly falls in line with recent speculation about Pierre-Paul. Remember that Tom Coughlin said last week that "without a doubt" the Giants want Pierre-Paul back next season.

The franchise tag would cost the Giants in the neighborhood of $15 million against a salary cap expected to be around $143 million. The Giants are approximately $20 million under that $143 million cap figure right now. The deadline to use the franchise tag is March 2. Free agency begins March 10.

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