The NFL franchise tag deadline is tomorrow, meaning teams have the rest of today to complete any long term deals they can to prevent players from hitting free agency. If those deals can't get done, each team can place a franchise tag on one player, paying them the average of the top five salaries at their position for one year, and preventing them from going to another team.
For the Miami Dolphins, the franchise tag is not expected to be used this year. Last season, the team did use it on nose tackle Paul Soliai, who was paid a little more than $12 million for the year. Soliai responded by having a Pro Bowl caliber year, but the Dolphins do not have the cap space to spend the $15 million it would cost to franchise Soliai again this year, and the two sides cannot come to an agreement on a new contract.
Currently, eleven teams have utilized their franchise tag for this year:
- Arizona Cardinals - Calais Campbell, DE
- Atlanta Falcons - Brent Grimes, CB
- Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice, RB
- Chicago Bears - Matt Forte, RB
- Cincinnati Bengals - Mike Nuget, K
- Cleveland Browns, Phil Dawson, K
- New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees, QB
- Oakland Raiders - Tyvon Branch, S
- Philadelphia Eagles - DeSean Jackson, WR
- San Francisco 49ers - Dashon Goldson, S
- Washington Redskins - Fred Davis, TE