The time to place the franchise tag on players came and went on Thursday, and in the end, 11 players were tagged, and one was hit with the transition tag (Max Starks of the Steelers) and another was tagged and then got a new deal (Dallas Clark of the Colts). Here below are the 11 players that were tagged:
Jared Allen DE Chiefs – Had a breakout season for a bad Chiefs team after being suspended for the first two games by the league. Allen is a stud player at his position and a player that the Chiefs can build their D-line around.
Stacy Andrews G Bengals – An undrafted player that came out of nowhere to be a rock on the Bengals O-line. The team passed on placing the tag on DE Justin Smith, who will for sure be gone.
Nnamdi Asomugha CB Raiders – Took a few years to come around, but is one the best at his position, and he and the Raiders will continue to work on a long-term deal.
Karlos Dansby LB Cardinals – The leader of the Cards defense, and a player the team really needed to keep in order to keep building in the right direction.
Jordan Gross T Panthers – Tough player that has proved his worth with the Panthers. A solid player that will be heard from for years to come and should get a long-term deal.
Ken Hamlin S Cowboys – Interesting decision that the team placed the tag on Hamlin and not Flozell Adams. The safety had a solid year in his first with Dallas, 62 tackles and five picks.
Albert Haynesworth DT Titans – A no-brainer here, as he would have been scooped up in a heartbeat on the open market. A long-term deal had better be coming, becuase I can see a holdout if it does not.
L.J. Smith TE Eagles – Played in just 10 games due to injury this past season, but if you look at the season before when he had 50 catches for 611 yards and five TD’s you can see what he can become in the Eagles offense.
Terrell Suggs LB Ravens – A player that will only get bitter by this tag, Suggs had been looking forward to seeing his worth on the open market. With a new coach and new look in B-more, the team would be best to try and get something long-term done with Suggs.
Marcus Trufant CB Seahawks – Trufant is a solid player on the field, and great person off of it. Another good season with 85 tackles and 7 picks, he is the leader of the Hawks secondary.
Corey Williams DT Packers – This 6-4, 313 pound beast is the leader on the Pack D-line, and with 35 tackles and 7 sacks can reek havoc on opposing teams. With 14 sacks the last two seasons the best should be still to come from this former 6th round draft choice.