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No franchise tags yet

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The two-week window for applying the franchise tag reaches the midpoint on Monday.  To date, no team has used it this year.

It’s no surprise.  There’s plenty of time to use the tag, and the contours of the coming free-agency market don’t begin to become clear until several rounds of Tampering Club unfold at the Scouting Combine.

Last year, the number of tags applied dropped from 21 to eight.  Coincidentally (or not), the free-agency market entailed dramatically reduced spending.

For 2014, the willingness of teams to use the franchise tag could depend on whether a significant increase in spending is anticipated.  If not, there’s less of a reason to invest on a one-year deal an amount much higher than the market value at the player’s position.

The possibility of working out a long-term deal with the would-be franchise player provides another reason for waiting.  But if the Saints or the Ravens wait until the last minute to tag Jimmy Graham or Dennis Pitta as tight ends, there would be no time to re-issue the tenders to Graham and Pitta receivers before the annual window closes.

For now, we’ll all continue to play the waiting game.  Until then, you can always look at our team-by-team assessment of the players who could be tagged.

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8 Responses to “No franchise tags yet”
  1. ariani1985 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:59 PM

    The Packers will tag A.J . hawk, lol

  2. jjb0811 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:18 PM

    Use non exempt tags. If someone wants to ante up 2 1st rounders for a player you got to take it.

  3. ynotred says: Feb 23, 2014 6:23 PM

    All this talk about Pitta and the franchise tag. Does anyone believe a 29 year old tight end with a best season of 669 yards and 7 td’s is worthy of the franchise tag. The Ravens should let him go out and find his market value, he’ll be disappointed.

  4. purplezimmerpride says: Feb 23, 2014 7:07 PM

    The Vikings will tag AJ Hawk. Fits the bill perfectly, former Packer and anything to help our NFC North worst defense!

  5. phinfan says: Feb 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    LETS FRANCHISE JON MARTIN!!!!!! He’s a Keeper!!!! <–psk

  6. igotgamenj says: Feb 23, 2014 8:46 PM

    Ricky Williams > Jonathan Martin

  7. backdapack4evr says: Feb 23, 2014 9:18 PM

    Vikings will tag Freeman!!!

  8. richabbs says: Feb 24, 2014 11:59 AM

    I originally thought Pitta might get tagged, but I believe Ravens are more likely to tag Monroe and let Pitta test free agency. I also think Ravens may take Ebron in the 1st round, unless Mike Evans falls to them.

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