The Eagles have eight players who are scheduled to become free agents on March 12 at 4 PM when the new league year begins. Seven of those players are set to become unrestricted free agents - longsnapper Jon Dorenbos, offensive tackle King Dunlap, linebacker Akeem Jordan, defensive tackle Derek Landri, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, guard Jake Scott and defensive end Darryl Tapp. Safety Colt Anderson is due to become a restricted free agent.
Mosher noted that the one player who would have been a potential target for the franchise tag was Rodgers-Cromartie. A former first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, the former Pro Bowl selection was acquired by the Eagles in a 2011 trade. If the Eagles were to use the franchise tag on a cornerback, the one-year contract is valued at $10.668 million, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Teams have until March 4 to designate a franchise or a transition tag. Teams have the option to use one or the other if they choose, but they cannot use both tags. The Eagles used the franchise tag last year on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but signed him to a long-term contract extension prior to the start of free agency. Last year, NFL teams handed out a record 21 franchise tag designations, per NFL.com, but six of them were given to punters or kickers.
There are two versions of the franchise tag - exclusive and non-exclusive. If a player receives the exclusive tag, he cannot negotiate with another team when he becomes a free agent. The non-exclusive tag allows the player to negotiate with other teams. If he signs a contract with another team, the original team receives two first-round draft picks as compensation. The value of the franchise tag varies from position to position and is determined by a formula which factors in previous franchise tag amounts and the salary cap.
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