2013 NFL Free Agency: Predicting the Player Every Team Will Franchise

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2013 NFL Free Agency: Predicting the Player Every Team Will Franchise
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Will the Baltimore Ravens put the franchise tag on Ed Reed?

In 2012, there were a total of 21 NFL teams that used the franchise tag. How many teams will use the tag in 2013? We will do our best to predict how many teams and which players are tagged by the league deadline, which is set for Monday March 4, 2013, at 4 p.m. ET.

We are aided in this presentation by already knowing that five teams have officially placed a franchise tag on players by the time this went to publication late Sunday evening.

What we don't know yet is the fate of the other 27 teams. But that's part of the intrigue. It is possible that another five or six teams could put the tag into play on Monday, which could include a surprise or two. 

Baltimore is an example, as their long-term deal with Joe Flacco frees up the franchise tag to be applied to star safety Ed Reed. That is just one example of a last-second surprise that isn't out of the realm of possibility.

 

For each team slide, we will show a dollar figure that represents the last known salary cap figure for all 32 teams. These numbers are courtesy of a running feature last week on Pro Football Talk.

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