Tag, you’re it.
Then again, this isn’t a game we are talking about.
However, before we discuss who we think will get the designation from each club, let’s look at some likely candidates who apparently won’t be tagged or a team that won’t use the option in 2014.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the San Francisco 49ers will not franchise a player in 2014. Elsewhere, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald believes that the New England Patriots will not use the tag on Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib, and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport (h/t NFL.com) reports that Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, the team’s franchise player in 2013, won’t get the tag for a second straight year.
As far as who might be tagged in the next few weeks, we present the following. Keep in mind that 21 players got the franchise tag in 2012, but that number fell to eight last offseason.
Finally, no one actually knows what the 2014 franchise-tag numbers will be at each position until they are announced. However, Joel Corry of CBS Sports made some projections a few months ago that should give us a ballpark.
If all goes to according to form, that’s exactly where each of the teams hope these players will be performing in 2014.
Note: Thanks to Spotrac (subscription required) for their financial info on these performers.