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There were quite a few prominent players that saw the deadline come and go, including these standouts:
Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers: There were rumors that the Packers might try to tag and trade Flynn after re-upping tight end Jermichael Finely, but in the end it appeared that $14 million was too big a gamble for Green Bay to take.
Carl Nicks, OG, New Orleans Saints: Nicks may be the biggest (both literally and figuratively) prize in all of free agency after the Saints used the tag on Brees.
Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers: Given the acrimony that has developed between Jackson and the San Diego front office the past few years and the $11 million it would have cost to tag him it appears the Chargers have decided to at the very least let Jackson test the open market.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans: The Saints may well live to regret tagging Brees, as either Nicks or Colston will almost certainly leave, and either would be a significant loss.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis: With Peyton Manning likely leaving and the Colts in full-on rebuilding mode I think Reggie Wayne made it very clear that he's just as ready to move on as the Colts are to begin their youth movement.
Mario Williams, OLB, Houston Texans: Williams' franchise tag number would have been in the area of $22 million, and there was just no way the Texans could pay that, so let the bidding begin!
Brandon Carr, CB, Kansas City Chiefs: With Dwayne Bowe tagged and the signing of free agent Stanford Routt it looks like Carr will be hitting the market, and interest should be robust.