We’ve said it before, but this crop of franchise tag players is far better than any group in recent memory.
On Friday, the franchise tag team added an eighth member and another great pass rusher. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Steelers placed the franchise tag on linebacker Lamarr Woodley.
Pittsburgh traditionally doesn’t use the tag, but clearly they weren’t that close to a long-term deal for Woodley and couldn’t risk him becoming an unrestricted free agent.
He’s arguably the most valuable player on the defense because he’s the biggest game-changer on the defense that will be under 30 years entering next year. While Woodley doesn’t have a Defensive MVP award, he figures to get a deal close to or better than James Harrison’s six-year extension from 2009.