Franchise Tag Recap

Today was the deadline for teams to place franchise tags on players.  The biggest stories of the day:

  • The Carolina Panthers did not place the tag on Julius Peppers. This mean’s he’ll be a UFA and can sign with any team.  The Falcons, Eagles and possibly Redskins are considered frontrunners right now.
  • The Stinkers agreed on a long-term deal with stud defensive tackle Casey Hampton. They instead used their tag on kicker Jeff Reed.  Seeing a tag placed on a kicker is an oddity in the NFL, so of course Pitt just had to do it, the jerks they are.
  • Leave it to one of the stories of the offseason, Pete Carroll, to one-up Pittsburgh.  The Seattle Seahawks used their tag on kicker Olindo Mare.
  • The Arizona Cardinals were one of the interesting teams of the day.  They did not tag former All-Pro kicker Neil Rackers or star linebacker Karlos Dansby. Knowing my opinion about Billy Cundiff, I believe the Ravens should at least attempt to make a run at Rackers.  Dansby will be one of the biggest signings of the offseason, as he is expecting around $30 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Here are the additional players that have been tagged:

  • Vince Wilfork, DT, New England
  • Richard Seymour, DE, Oakland
  • Aubrayo Franklin, DT, San Francisco
  • Ryan Pickett, DT, Green Bay

Notable players that went untagged include:

  • Antonio Bryant, WR, Tampa Bay
  • Darren Sharper, S, New Orleans
  • Miles Austin, WR, Dallas
  • Gary Brackett, LB, Indianapolis

Topics: Antonio Bryant, Casey Hampton, Franchise Tags, Free Agency, Julius Peppers Rumors, Neil Rackers, NFL Offseason, NFL Tags

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