NFL Franchise tag deadline: Jared Cook, Jake Long among notable players not to get tagged

Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL's deadline to use the franchise tag for the 2013 season is virtually here and several teams have confirmed they won't use the tag on a new notable players. Here are some guys that will now be unrestricted free agents that the Eagles could have interest in.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans - I say he's a TE because that's where he's listed, but if he was going to get the franchise tag Cook argued that he deserved to be paid like a WR. It sounded like he had a case as he lined up in the slot on over 50% of his snaps last year.

The 6-5, 248 pound Cook could represent an interesting way for the Eagles to make up for a lack of size at the WR position. Cook has 131 catches for 1,717 yards and 8 TDs over his first 4 years with the Titans. With Chip Kelly's reported desire to "stockpile" TEs in his offense, Cook could certainly be a target when free agency opens March 12th.

Jake Long, OT, Miami Dolphins - The 4 time Pro Bowler will test the market after the Dolphins opted to use their tag on Randy Starks. Long is apparently looking for upwards of $11 million a year, which after 2 down seasons may be tough for him to find.

Sean Smith, CB, Miami Dolphins - Big corner that the Eagles have some rumored interest in.

Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers - William Moore, Atlanta Falcons - Glover Quin, Houston Texans - All safeties due to hit the market.

Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers - When healthy, Jennings has been a very good #1 WR. However, health has seemingly been more and more rare as he's missed 11 games over the past 2 seasons. After missing the entire first half of last season, Jennings did finish strong over the last month and a half including the playoffs.

Here are the 8 players that did get tagged this season.

Club Player Position Tender amt
Bills Jairus Byrd S $6.9m
Bears Henry Melton DT $8.45m
Bengals Michael Johnson DE $11.18M
Cowboys Anthony Spencer LB $10.6m
Broncos Ryan Clady OT $9.83m
Colts Pat McAfee P $2.98m
Chiefs Branden Albert OT $9.83m
Dolphins Randy Starks DT $7.02m

Worth noting that Dallas will tag Spencer as a LB, since he played that in a 3-4, but he'll play as a 4-3 DE this year. This is the 2nd year he's been franchised in a row, so his number is higher than the $9.6 tag any other LB would have gotten.

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