Should New York Giants Have Used Their Franchise Tag this Off-Season?

By Michael Terrill
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The New York Giants have decided not to use their franchise tag on any of their players, which should not come as a shock to anyone who follows the organization considering they have only used it three times since 1993.

Many speculated that the Giants would place the franchise tag on left tackle Will Beatty, but that was not necessary when the team re-signed him to a five-year, $38.75 million contract last week. Considering owner John Mara stated a few weeks back that the team was not overly enthused about franchising anyone, it is not surprising that there was no deal done by Monday’s deadline.

However, considering New York has several free agents to sign, maybe they should have exercised the right to franchise someone. Players such as defensive end Osi Umenyiora, safety Kenny Phillips, left guard Kevin Boothe, tight end Martellus Bennett, kicker Lawrence Tynes and linebackers Chase Blackburn and Keith Rivers are certainly worth trying to keep if the Giants want to be competitive in 2013. Obviously, not all of these players are worthy of the franchise tag, but it is still something the team should have considered.

Umenyiora is definitely one player in particular New York could have franchised, but considering how both parties have been strained due to difficult contract negotiations over the past few years, it is no wonder why it appears to be time to move on. Umenyiora, for one, knows he screwed up in negotiations with the organization and realizes that was probably the downfall.

“I completely went about it the wrong way and the way it looked at the particular time, nobody’s really going to understand from the player’s perspective and it’s asinine for me to expect them to,” Umenyiora said in an interview with USA Today. “So I went about it wrongly, speaking out about it. All of those things should’ve been handled behind closed doors. I definitely regret that. A lot of people, when they see me, all they think about is that, all they talk about is contract and this and that.”

I get why the Giants did not use the franchise tag on anyone, but for a team that has numerous free agents and glaring holes on defense, deals need to start getting done and franchising someone is an easy way to do it.

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