The 2013 NFL free-agency period is approaching, and as of Feb. 18, every NFL team is allowed to use its franchise tag to retain its most important player.
The question now is, which NFL teams will use the franchise tag?
Last year, a jaw-dropping 21 teams used the franchise tag on a key player. This year may not have such a high number, but there are many situations where the tag could come into play if contact negotiations fail.
Teams have two weeks to designate a franchise player. The tag is a risky investment because it eats up a large chunk of the salary cap while allowing the team to keep a designated player. It is a risk-reward scenario that each team has to deal with every offseason and will likely use the two-week period to decide.
The franchise tag period has just begun, but let's take a moment to predict whether each team will use its tag.