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


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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