Oakland Raiders: Who Is Most Likely To Get the Franchise Tag in Oakland?
The Raiders are facing a lot of big decisions this off season with free agents. Nobody really knows what is going to happen with the new CBA or when a new deal is going to be done.
The league announced that starting Feb. 10th teams can start tagging their free agents. The Raiders have a lot of players they could use the franchise tag on.
Nnamdi Asomugha, who is their biggest free agent, is the only player the Raiders cannot place the franchise tag on. That doesn't mean he will leave the Raiders, but it does mean he'll have the option to look at other teams.
There are a lot of other key players the Raiders could use the franchise tag on. Let's take a look at five and their chances of receiving the franchise tag. You may be surprised who we think is most likely to receive the tag.
Richard Seymour could be a possibility for the franchise tag. He received the franchise tag last year and many believe he could be the player that gets tagged in 2011.
Seymour had a pro bowl season and is a vital part to the Raiders defense.
Odds are the Raiders are waiting for the new CBA so they can ink Seymour to a long term deal. They gave up a first-round pick for Seymour and the Raiders are not interested in losing him.
Tagging Seymour would mean he gets paid $14.9 million next season which is a 20 percent raise from last year's tag, so an extension makes more sense.
Many league sources have said Seymour is the favorite to get the tag, but don't be surprised if Al Davis locks up Seymour to a long term contract once the new CBA is complete.
Chances of Seymour getting the franchise tag: 25 percent
Michael Bush is a big part of the Raiders offense. Darren McFadden had a big year last year and so did Bush.
Bush average 4.1 yards a carry and had eight rushing touchdowns. He is part of one of the most explosive running back duos in the league.
It is important for the Raiders to keep him on the roster, but will he get the franchise tag?
Bush appears to be happy in Oakland and has a great relationship with McFadden. Both backs will be used a lot in the backfield and injuries are always a concern. Odds are if he gets signed somewhere else, he will be splitting carries with another back.
Chances of getting the franchise tag: 15 percent
Kamerion Wimbley had a solid season in his first year with the Raiders. He led the team with nine sacks, and he is a top priority for the Raiders this off season.
Behind a dominant defensive line Wimbley can have a great career in Oakland. The former first-round draft pick was acquired via a trade with the Cleveland Browns and has a bright future now that his career has been revitalized in Oakland.
He is scheduled to be a free agent, but it is unlikely the Raiders let him go after his first season in Oakland.
It is a strong possibility that the Raiders use the franchise tag on Wimbley. They used it on Seymour the year after he was acquired in a trade.
Chances of getting the franchise tag: 30 percent
Stanford Routt had his best season as a pro in 2010. It's never easy to play on the opposite side of Nnamdi Asomugha, but he handled himself pretty well.
His stats this year were comparable to Asomugha's and Darrelle Revis's stats. If Asomugha does leave the Raiders, it will be vital for Routt to stay.
When Charles Woodson left the Raiders Asomugha stepped up and became the man. Routt has the ability to do the same. In a perfect world Asomugha and Routt would stay and become one of the best tandems in the league.
The Raiders need to keep Routt, but will they use the franchise tag?
Chances of getting the franchise tag: 10 percent
Zach Miller had his first pro bowl season with the Raiders. He is one of their bright spots on offense, and the Raiders cannot afford to lose him.
Jason Campbell is known for using his tight ends a lot and keeping Miller will only help Campbell more. Miller, Routt and Bush are the only players on this list who have been Raiders their whole career. That could make them want to stay and help turn this team around.
Sources have come out and said Miller, not Seymour, is the player most likely to get the franchise tag in Oakland.
He has a strong chance of getting it, but it would be a surprise if he didn't get a deal done with the team that drafted him in 2007.
Wimbley and Seymour seem to be the most likely to get the franchise tag this off season.
Chances of Miller getting the franchise tag: 20 percent
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