If the Giants had any designs whatsoever on procuring the services of one Vince Wilfork in free agency, they can forget it. The Patriots slapped him with the franchise tag today.
The tag is of the non-exclusive kind, meaning teams can still give him an offer sheet. But he's going to cost two 2010 first-round picks and a massive contract in order to do it. The Giants don't have two first-rounders to give at this moment, anyway. So it looks like the prize among potential free agent defensive tackles isn't going anywhere.
At least they'll have a shot at Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby, though. Reports out of Cardinals-land indicate the team will not use their franchise tag on him and will probably allow him to test the market. That's provided, of course, that the Cardinals don't sign him to a long-term contract before the March 5 opening gun. The same reports indicate Dansby would be open to such discussions, though none have happened yet.