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NFL’s game of franchise tag ends Monday

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Before Friday, no players had been given the franchise tag.  On Friday, five found themselves on the receiving end of the designation that keeps them off the open market.

Tagged are Bills safety Jairus Byrd, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, Colts punter Pat McAfee, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady, and Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton.

So who else could get tagged by 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday?  Here’s an updated look.

Falcons:  Despite a report that the Falcons won’t use it, we’ve heard they still could.  And safety William Moore is the primary candidate.

Ravens:  With quarterback Joe Flacco’s deal (nearly) done, the Ravens can use the tag on players like linebacker Paul Kruger or linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, or even safety Ed Reed.  G.M. Ozzie Newsome previously has said, however, that the tag will be used on Flacco or no one.

Packers:  The team reportedly is considering using the tag on receiver Greg Jennings.  G.M. Ted Thompson could be considering a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean he’ll do any of them.  Indeed, it would be very far out of character for Thompson to tag Jennings — unless the end game is to trade him.

Texans:  There’s persistent buzz that the Texans will tag safety Glover Quin, or no one.

Chiefs:  Receiver Dwayne Bowe and tackle Branden Albert are the primary candidates.  If they can sign Bowe quickly, they can tag Albert.

Dolphins:  Defensive tackle Randy Starks is a possibility, even if he prefers something more than a one-year deal.

Vikings:  Keeping right tackle Phil Loadholt is a priority.  Is it big enough of a priority to result in the franchise tag?

Patriots:  Despite three candidates (receiver Wes Welker, tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and cornerback Aqib Talib), it wouldn’t surprise us all that much if the Pats use the tag on none of them.

Giants:  With left tackle Will Beatty signed, the tag can be used on tight end Martellus Bennett or safety Kenny Phillips, if the Giants are so inclined.

Raiders:  At a time when more punters and kickers are getting tagged, the reason is that it’s cheaper than signing quality specialists on the open market.  For Shane Lechler, his cap number in 2012 would make the franchise tender $5.88 million — nearly twice the base franchise tag for punters and kickers.

49ers:  Multiple reports have suggested that the Niners won’t use the tag for a second straight year on safety Dashon Goldson.

Seahawks:  Kicker Steve Hauschka is the only viable tag candidate.

Rams:  If they aren’t using it on receiver Danny Amendola, they aren’t using it on anyone.

Titans:  The tag is expected to be placed on tight end Jared Cook, sparking a $4.5 million fight over whether he’s actually a receiver.

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6 Responses to “NFL’s game of franchise tag ends Monday”
  1. paulcanavati says: Mar 3, 2013 5:45 PM

    Really wish the Vikings would sign Loadholt and Felton to extensions.

  2. chesslungo says: Mar 3, 2013 6:25 PM

    I wouldnt pay any of these people but hell Joe Flacco makes a million dollars a breath and I wouldnt pay him $5.15 an hour

  3. skoobyfl says: Mar 3, 2013 6:30 PM

    Ravens should be shedding some defensive talent for Buffalo to take, come on Nix.

  4. demolition510 says: Mar 3, 2013 7:36 PM

    Raiders are not tagging Lechler. We stashed King for a reason.

  5. bigbadal21 says: Mar 3, 2013 8:03 PM

    I think the franchise tag should be the average cap hit for the 4 highest players in the previous year. I also think that a team should be allowed to tag as many players as they want.

  6. myosin10 says: Mar 4, 2013 1:25 AM

    That’s all you can say about SF is they won’t use it on Goldson? That has been reported half a dozen times already. How about some insight on who they might tag? How about Walker?

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