The NFL and players’ union are doing battle over the franchise tag, with the league office saying the franchise tag can be used starting next week, and the union disputing that claim.
That could make the existence of the franchise tag a key sticking point between the two sides, even though the franchise tag is only used on maybe 1-2 percent of all the free agents in a given year. And even though one of the free agents who could get franchised this year, Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley, says he’s fine with it.
“Nah, I wouldn’t be against it at all,” Woodley said. “Whatever happens, happens. Would you like to have a long-term contract? Yeah. But a franchise tag, it doesn’t matter to me.”
Woodley said he hasn’t given a whole lot of thought to the franchise tag.
“I honestly haven’t been thinking about it,” Woodley said. “I’ve just been focusing on where we’re at right now. Eventually things will get taken care of. So I just want to focus on what’s in front of me right now, and that’s going out and winning this football game.”
Although any player would prefer unrestricted free agency over being franchised, the franchise tag isn’t necessarily a bad deal for the players. Woodley seems to understand that.