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Franchise tag deadline extended; What it means for the New York Giants

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has extended the deadline for using the franchise or transition tag from Thursday until Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The move was made with the vote on the newly-proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement still hanging in the balance. The NFLPA has extended the window for players to vote on the proposed CBS until Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. ET, which caused the move on the tag window.

This could be good news for the Giants in their negotiations with free-agent-to-be defensive tackle Leonard Williams.

A report broke Monday that Williams and the Giants are “not close” on a deal to keep him with the team. This delay in the tag deadline obviously extends the Giants’ window to negotiate with Williams before they have to decide whether or not to apply the franchise or transition tag.

The new league year, and concurrently the start of the free agency signing period, begins on Wednesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. ET.