Oakland Raiders Candidates to Get the Franchise Tag

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Oakland Raiders Candidates to Get the Franchise Tag
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With the Super Bowl now in the books, the 2012 NFL season is officially over, and now all 32 organizations will begin evaluating their teams as we get closer to the start of free agency.  

Sometimes the most important part of free agency is keeping your own players at any cost and preventing them from hitting the open market.

One of the tools that a team has is the franchise tag, which basically forces a player to stay with that team for another year barring a trade.

The tag can be used as an extension to get a long-term contract signed with that one player to avoid paying the hefty cost of the tag's salary, which is the average of the top five highest paid players in that position around the NFL.

With the tag in mind, let's look at who the Oakland Raiders should consider tagging in case of a failure to sign a new contract.

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