2016 NFL Free Agency: Predicting This Year's Franchise Tagged Players

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2016 NFL Free Agency: Predicting This Year's Franchise Tagged Players
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NFL teams can start using the franchise tag—a designation used to retain one free agent with a guaranteed one-year deal—on Tuesday, February 16. The two-week period lasts through March 1, and any player assigned the franchise tag then has until July 15 to negotiate a multiyear deal or sign the tender. 

Last year, six players received the franchise tag. At least that many could get the tag in 2016.

In the following slides, we will examine the looming free agents who are most likely to receive the franchise tag. These players are both indispensable to their team and potentially difficult to sign to a long-term deal before the start of free agency. 

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