2012 NFL Free Agency: Predicting the Player Every Team Will Franchise

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Predicting the Player Every Team Will Franchise
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NFL teams are able to start placing franchise tags on their free agents on Monday, February 20.

In some cases, the player winds up with the franchise tag as the final resort the team could turn to in order to keep the player from jumping ship. Perhaps the team tried to negotiate a long-term deal, but the two sides never could work something out that was a win-win, so it opted instead for the franchise tag in the hope that things will work out better next year in negotiations.

The deadline date to apply the franchise tag is March 5, so there is a 15-day window to figure out the negotiations. Applying a franchise tag doesn't necessarily mean that the athlete in question will be happy about the move. It removes them from the open market, and while they will be very well compensated for the following year they are playing with the tag, it means they are prevented from signing a long-term deal, especially if they get hit with a career-ending injury.

Today, we are going to study the current class of free agents and try to predict the player that each team will use the franchise tag on. There are some teams that probably won't use the franchise tag this year, and we will attempt to identify any player that could emerge as a surprise move for the franchise tag, if one exists.

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