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Washington Redskins Likely to Pass on Using Franchise Tag

February 18th, 2013 at 11:32 AM
By Zach Powell

The NFL's two-week window for teams to use the franchise tag on a designated player opens today.  It's unlikely the Washington Redskins will take advantage this offseason.

'Fred Davis' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Last season, the Redskins used the franchise tag to keep tight-end Fred Davis from visiting with other teams. Davis was rewarded with a one-year deal worth approximately $5.5m.  The dangerous tight-end didn't make it very far in to the season before suffering a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, and is prepared to hit the open market once again.

The dynamic Fred Davis is the Redskins most prominent free agent this offseason.

Unfortunately for the Redskins, they are in the midst of a cap squeeze, largely in part to a $36m penalty that was levied by the league offices after the team was found violating the "spirit of the salary cap" in cost-cutting moves during the NFL's uncapped year.  General Manager Bruce Allen stated an interview last week that the team would be interested in negotiating a long term contract with Fred Davis.  The team will wait until later in the spring when they could get a better feel for Davis' condition, while recovering from injuries, likely ruling out any tag usage on him.

The Redskins have 18 other impending free agents but none of them warrant the franchise tag, a move that would pay the designated player an average of the top ten highest paid players from their position.

Tags: Bruce Allen, Football, franchise tag, Fred Davis, NFL, Washington, Washington Redskins

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