Excerpt: "The looming schedule post-Super Bowl will officially begin next on February 18th when organizations can officially place the franchise tag on players if they so choose up until March 4th. Bear in mind that a team can only franchise one player per year and it can be revoked and placed onto another player, if necessary. The new 2013 league year officially opens on March 12 – along with Free Agency. Fasten your 5-point safety harness … this one may very well be a trying one as a New York Giants fan.
The Giants have 19 unrestricted free agents (UFA), three restricted (RFA) and four exclusive rights (ERFA) totaling 26. They will offer safety Stevie Brown a tender and are apparently working on a long-term contract with wide receiver Victor Cruz (not yet tendered). Both are restricted. Tight end Bear Pascoe is the third. The four exclusives: running back Andre Brown, offensive lineman Jim Cordle, defensive lineman Adrian Tracy and defensive end Justin Trattou all pretty much are not under contract, but have only two years of NFL experience, so if the Giants offer them the three-year veteran minimum salary and then that's it – take it or leave the NFL since these ERFA have no ability to negotiate with other teams.
Where the real brass tacks part of free agency comes in is with the unrestricted players. Two of the starting offensive linemen from 2012 are UFA and one has already spoken about testing the market. Both Will Beatty and Kevin Boothe have both anchored the left side of the line for quarterback Eli Manning as well as open up the run game for up and coming running back David Wilson and a healthier Ahmad Bradshaw. The argument on keeping tight end Martellus Bennett in blue was made a few weeks ago. Kicker Lawrence Tynes has been silent, but the need for continuity on Specials should be a priority. Seeing how he, DeOssie and Weatherford are together (on and off the field) is pretty "special." Read more...