The franchise tag will be available for NFL teams to use starting on February 10 and lasting until February 24. Without a new labor deal in place, there are plenty of murky details regarding the use of the franchise tag but, for now, teams are expected to use it, and figure out how it will work in 2011 once a new labor deal is signed.
One player expected to be tagged is Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick. He came to the Eagles prior to the 2009 season on a two-year contract which is set to expire at the end of the league year. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported at the end of January the Eagles are expected to use the franchise tag on him this month.
Tagging Vick is a no-brainer. He had a very good 2010 season completing over 62 percent of his passes for 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 starts. Presumably, the Eagles want to keep him for at least the 2011 season. Many teams have shied away from longterm contracts because of the labor uncertainty so tagging him may be the only option.
Complicating matters slightly is the presence of QB Kevin Kolb. Once thought to be the future of the franchise, Kolb was relegated to backup status with Vick's emergence. Will they tag Vick, and trade Kolb? Will they tag Vick and keep Kolb? We're not sure which way the Eagles are leaning.
The cost of the franchise tag for a quarterback should be in the neighborhood of $17 million.
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