Eagles will not use NFL franchise tag

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Eagles will not use the franchise tag this offseason and instead will allow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite test the free agent market.

NFL teams can officially place the franchise tag on impending free agents on Monday, but don't expect Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles to use it, according to Geoff Mosher.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was Philadelphia's only candidate for the franchise tag. If Rodgers-Cromartie is franchised by the Eagles, Philadelphia would pay him $10.7 million dollars for the 2013 season -- a cap figure that is simply too high.

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Instead, Rodgers-Cromartie will be free to test the free agent market, where he figures to do quite well. SB Nation recently ranked Rodgers-Cromartie as the top cornerback on the free agent market, even ahead of Aqib Talib, who had a slight resurgence after being traded to New England.

Rodgers-Cromartie was drafted out of Tennessee State by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 16-overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Rodgers-Cromartie was traded to Philadelphia prior to the 2011 season, along with a second-round draft pick, for quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Last year, the Eagles used the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson before ultimately agreeing to a five-year contract months later.

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