According to Ian Rappoport of NFL.com, Giants CEO John Mara has said the Giants will probably not be using the franchise tag on any of their impending free agents this winter.
It has been contended that OT Will Beatty and TE Martellus Bennett are both candidates for the tag. Beatty’s tag price is in excess of $9 million, while Bennett’s is just under $6 million. Looks like the Giants will be taking their chances. They usually do – they’ve only used the franchise tag three times since it’s inception in 1993.
Many Giant fans have been wondering about the progress of second-year TE Adrien Robinson, who was described by GM Jerry Reese as the “JPP of tight ends” after last year’s NFL Draft. Michael Eisen of Giants.com is perhaps the closest of anyone when it comes to commenting on Robinson’s progress. Here is what Eisen wrote in a response to an inquiry in his mailbag….
“Frankly, it’s a little difficult to gauge Robinson’s progress. Because he was completing his academic requirements at Cincinnati last spring he did not participate in most of the offseason camps and programs. That put Robinson behind the other tight ends and rookies when he reported to training camp. He was inactive for all but two regular-season games and his playing time was limited to special teams. But Robinson said the work he received in practice every day set him up to be a productive player in the future. Jerry Reese said after the season the Giants “still have high hopes” for Robinson. I do think he can contribute to the Giants in 2013, and he might have to if Martellus Bennett, who is a free agent, isn’t re-signed.”
Former Giants’ TE Kevin Boss was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday after failing his physical. Boss only played two games for the Chiefs last season. He has suffered numerous concussions (we’ve counted five over the years) in his career, which sadly appears to be at its end…