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Franchise tag deadline passes, New York Giants don't use it

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Tag had to be used by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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Update: 4:18 p.m. ET

The New York Giants did not use the franchise or transition tags on any of their unrestricted free agents, meaning they will hit the open market March 9 unless contracts are reached before then.

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Update 2:27 p.m. ET

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Update 11:58 a.m. ET

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NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to place the franchise tag or transition tag on players eligible to become free agents on March 9. Indications are that the New York Giants seem unlikely to use the tag on any of their potential free agents, most notably defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul or Robert Ayers, or cornerback Prince Amukamara.

The Giants, of course, used the tag on Pierre-Paul last year. That, however, was before he permanently damaged his right hand in a fireworks mishap. The Giants are continuing to try to work out a short-term deal with Pierre-Paul. Whether they will be able to do so before the beginning of free agency is anyone's guess.

Let's look around the league quickly at players who have been tagged, or are expected to be tagged, and see how that impacts the Giants. NFL.com has posted a tracker and the three names that currently impact the Giants would be defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson of the New York Jets, wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey of the Chicago Bears and cornerback Trumaine Johnson of the Los Angeles Rams.

Wilkerson would be the premiere defensive lineman available if he were actually on the market. The Giants, as we know, have made upgrading their pass rush a priority.

Jeffrey would have been the best wide receiver on the market, at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds  a perfect complement to Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants will now have to look at a market that does not contain any clear-cut top-flight receivers.

Johnson impacts the Giants because his being tagged by the Rams means Janoris Jenkins, a logical although an expensive option to replace Prince Amukamara, should be on the market.

2016 Franchise Tag:

Cornerback

$13,952,000

Defensive End

$15,701,000

Defensive Tackle

$13,615,000

Linebacker

$14,129,000

Offensive Lineman

13,706,000

Punter/Kicker

$4,572,000

Quarterback

$19,953,000

Running Back

$11,789,000

Safety

$10,806,000

Tight End

$9,118,000

Wide Receiver

$14,599,000

2016 Transition Tag:

Cornerback

$11,913,000

Defensive End

$12,734,000

Defensive Tackle

$10,875,000

Linebacker

$11,925,000

Offensive Lineman

$11,902,000

Punter/Kicker

$4,123,000

Quarterback

$17,696,000

Running Back

$9,647,000

Safety

$9,116,000

Tight End

$7,713,000

Wide Receiver

$12,268,000