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Saquon Barkley won’t sign franchise tag, won’t report to Giants’ voluntary workouts

Saquon Barkley will not sign the franchise tag and thus will not report when the New York Giants begin their voluntary offseason workout program on Monday, April 17, per a report from Kim Jones of Newsday.

The Giants begin Phase 1 of their voluntary offseason program on Monday, and skipping the voluntary workouts is a standard ploy by tagged players to increase pressure on their team to reach a long-term deal. The deadline for Barkley and his representatives to work out a long-term deal with the Giants is July 17.

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How Darren Waller went from the Raiders' $51M man to a new team in 186 days |’s Jordan Raanan takes a deep dive how Waller’s relationship with the Raiders and what lead up the the trade with the Giants.

Schoen left the combine believing acquiring Waller was a realistic possibility, according to a team source. So they did their homework, calling ex-coaches, ex-teammates and personnel who had worked directly with the veteran tight end. Waller received positive reviews, according to sources with knowledge of the Giants’ process.

There was even a conversation between a member of Waller’s camp and the Giants shortly before the deal was finalized to gauge how receptive the Pro Bowler would be coming to New York and how he would fit with the team. It was determined by everyone involved it would be a good match.

Waller and his new QB Daniel Jones getting work in before OTAs start next week

The free-agency mismatch that tore apart Julian Love, Giants | New York Post+

Julian Love wanted to return to the Giants, and the Giants wanted him back, but circumstances got in the way.

The state of all 32 teams before the 2023 NFL Draft | PFF

Remaining starter needs: C, CB, LB, WR

Remaining depth needs: Edge

We need to see 2022 first-round edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux and 2021 second-round edge defender Azeez Ojulari take the next step. With how much defensive coordinator Wink Martindale likes to blitz, more depth at edge defender would make a lot of sense.

NFL Network’s David Carr predicts the Giants having a double digit win season in 2023

Giants need a 3rd QB | Could they select next Brock Purdy? |

If the Giants go after their No. 3 quarterback, it’s likely to be on the third day of the draft when rounds four through seven are selected.

Among the names mention include Louisville's Malik Cunningham, Stanford's Tanner McKee, Purdue's Aidan O’Connell, BYU's Jaren Hall, UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Fresno State's Jake Haener, TCU's Max Duggan and Georgia's Stetson Bennett, Georgia

NFL Draft Top-30 Visits: The Most Interesting or Telling Visits for All 32 Teams |

New York Giants: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

It made a heap of sense for the Buccaneers, but the inverse is true for a visit to the Giants. They’ve just locked up Daniel Jones for the foreseeable future. Unless they believe the league values Hooker so little that he’d last deep into Day 2, this is an eyebrow-raising visit.

Ravens, Giants Showing ‘Heavy’ Interest In Intriguing Linebacker |

The Giants are one of the teams that are showing heavy interest in Florida linebacker Ventrell Miller, an impact player as a run defender in the box who profiles as a two-down linebacker in the pros. The leadership qualities that he showcases are appealing to teams at the next level. At the very least, Miller should be able to contribute on special teams even if he is unable to improve in pass coverage.

2023 NFL Draft: trade up, trade down or stay put? The best plan for all 31 picks in the first round |

25. Giants: Stay put. New York added several boom-or-bust starters through free agency and trades with Parris Campbell and Darren Waller, but they could probably sit tight and end up with another No. 1-type pass catcher here. Zay Flowers and Jalin Hyatt are two names that come to mind, provided prospects like Johnston and Smith-Njigba are already gone.

Giants Mock Draft 2.0: Addressing a big need at cornerback | New York Post

Paul Schwartz takes his second crack at what the Giants draft class will look like later this month.

Round 1, No. 25 overall: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Round 2, No. 57 overall: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
Round 3, No. 89 overall: Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
Round 4, No. 128 overall: Nick Saldiveri, OL, Old Dominion
Round 5, No. 160 overall: Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
Round 5, No.172 overall: Tyler Lacy, DE, Oklahoma State
Round 6, No. 209 overall: Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota
Round 7, No. 240 overall: DJ Dale, DT, Alabama
Round 7, No. 243 overall: Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford
Round 7: No. 254 overall: Christian Braswell, CB, Rutgers

Eli Manning nominated for Sports Emmy Award |

Eli Manning is once again up for an honor in the Outstanding Personality/Emerging On-Air Talent category for the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards. This year, Eli’s competition is Andraya Carter (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, SEC Network), Robert Griffin III (ESPN), Greg Olsen (FOX), and JJ Redick (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC).

Around the league

2023 NFL Draft Better-Than Team: Here are 25 prospects Pete Prisco likes more than the scouts do |

2023 NFL Draft: 9 Players Who Will Get Picked Higher Than They Should | The 33rd Team

Inside the OBJ deal | ProFootballTalk

Shane Steichen dismisses claims Colts are vying for Jackson, remain focused on draft |

Packers RB Aaron Jones on reworked contract: 'I didn't want to be greedy' |

Bryce Young is the betting favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick, again | ProFootballTalk

Five prospects Eagles should target in first round of NFL Draft | FOX Sports

Louisiana wide receiver Michael Jefferson, possible midrounds prospect, injured in crash |

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