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Seven NFL Players Get Franchise Tag; New Orleans Saints To Follow Trend?

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It’s an uncertain time in the NFL currently as the NFLPA and team owners attempt to come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement,  and if that new CBA is not put in place by March 3rd it will literally wipe out free agency, threatens the draft and could potentially mean a lockout in 2011.

The uncertainty wreaks havoc with teams attempting to resign players to contracts primarily because they don’t know if the new CBA will usher in a new eighteen game schedule, contain a rookie wage scale, or affect who becomes a restricted and unrestricted free agent. That makes it hard to hammer out new deals with deserving players.

Teams are already beginning to protect their most valuable player by designating them as franchise players which locks the up for another year at the top of their positions salary scale and effectively blocks them from signing with other teams as a free agent.

So far around the NFL seven players have been given the franchise tag: Colts quarterback Payton Manning, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Jets linebacker David Harris, Patriots guard Logan Mankins, and Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.

New Orleans has twenty-seven pending free agents to contend with this off-season, the most of any NFL team by a very wide margin, and it’s very unlikely that they will be able to get every single one under an acceptable contract for both the player and the franchise.