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    FRANCHISE TAGS WILL START FLYING SOON

    "Nearly six full days into the period for applying the franchise tag, no team
    has done it. One league source suggested earlier this week that teams are
    holding off due to concerns that the players to be tagged haven’t been fully
    informed of the fact that this year’s franchise tenders will be considerably
    lower than last year’s numbers
    , given the new formula for calculating the
    amounts.


    The theory is that the agents have yet to explain the situation to the
    players, hopeful that a long-term deal can be negotiated and/or that the team in
    question will decide not to use the tag on the player. (In the case of Packers
    tight end Jermichael
    Finley
    , a two-year contract avoided a $4 million fight over whether he’s
    actually a tight end.)




    But nine days remain before the tag window closes, and Adam Schefter of ESPN
    reports that several specific players will have their ability to hit the open
    market limited by the tag.




    They are: Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes,
    Patriots receiver Wes Welker,
    Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe
    (pictured), Eagles receiver DeSean
    Jackson
    , 49ers safety Dashon
    Goldson
    , Cardinals defensive end Calais Cambpell, and Saints quarterback Drew
    Brees
    .




    It’s widely believed that, if the Saints and Brees can work out a long-term
    deal, the Saints will use the franchise tag on guard Carl Nicks.




    Schefter’s list of definites omits include several other prime candidates.
    If the Ravens and running back Ray Rice don’t work
    out a long-term deal, Rice undoubtedly will be tagged. Coach John Harbaugh
    essentially confirmed this at the Scouting Combine, saying that Rice will “be
    making franchise-tag numbers, at least
    .” Also, the Seahawks are expected to
    tag running back Marshawn
    Lynch
    , absent a long-term deal. Ditto for the Bears and running back Matt
    Forte
    .




    There are more. It has been reported that the Redskins will tag tight end Fred
    Davis
    , notwithstanding his four-game suspension for smoking something that
    has more than four leaves. Browns linebacker D’Qwell
    Jackson
    can expect the tag if he doesn’t do a new deal, and the Cowboys
    could decide to use the tag on linebacker Anthony
    Spencer
    . There are conflicting reports on whether the Bills will use the
    tag on receiver Stevie
    Johnson
    . The Lions are expected to tag defensive end Cliff Avril, if
    they can’t work out a new contract.




    Kickers will get in on the action, too. Matt Prater of
    the Broncos, Connor Barth of
    the Buccaneers, and Josh Scobee of
    the Jaguars are expected to be tagged absent new deals.




    In Houston, tagging Mario
    Williams
    would result in a cap number that exceeds $21 million. Thus, the
    Texas are more likely to use it, if at all, on running back Arian Foster, a
    restricted free agent who otherwise could be had for a single first-round
    pick.




    Other possibilities remain. Though it has been reported that the Packers
    aren’t likely to use the tag on quarterback Matt Flynn, the
    Packers can decide to pull a Matt Cassel with
    Aaron Rodgers
    backup at any time before the deadline comes. It also has been reported that
    the Chargers have told receiver Vincent
    Jackson
    that use of the tag is “improbable.”




    It’s not improbable that we’ll have plenty of additional stories regarding
    players who are or may be or won’t be or haven’t been tagged between now and
    March 5."


    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: FRANCHISE TAGS WILL START FLYING SOON

    just don't see the G-MEN tagging anybody this year?

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    • #3
      Re: FRANCHISE TAGS WILL START FLYING SOON

      Weatherford has a 25% (i made that up) chance of being tagged. That's as close as you'll get for the Giants.

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