Since its inception, the NFL franchise tag has been met with mixed reviews.
Teams love it, because it virtually ensures that a player of need will be returning to town for the next season. League officials love it because it helps small-market franchises keep stars around for a little while longer before they immediately decide to bolt for a large city.
Players hate it, because it restricts them from the free-agent market and a potential change of scenery.
While teams decide on whether to negotiate with a player, they can place the franchise tag on him to buy them more time to iron out a long-term deal.
Or they can place the tag on a player with the intention of making him prove himself on a one-year contract.
March 4 is the deadline for the franchise tag to be placed on a player. While there's been several names floated around as potential tag bait, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora informed us via Twitter that a handful of names won't be getting the tag:
for those who have asked about Wallace, Goldson, Bushrod, Loadholt, Avril, W. Moore - no tag coming for any of them— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 1, 2013
With that in mind, we've got you covered with every player that gets hit with the franchise tag for the 2013 season. Continue to check back as more names come in—last-second negotiations will surely lead to a desperation tag in some situations.