The Bears will not use their franchise tag on any player this offseason according to the Sun-Times. The paper reports that if the team wanted to use the tag, they would have to do it by late this month, as the CBA expires on March the 4th.
The team hasn’t used the tag since 2007, the only time they have used it since 2001. That year they used it on LB Lance Briggs.
The franchise tag requires a team to pay a player a one-year salary that’s equal to the average of the top five highest paid at the position. The Bears have more than a dozen free agents but none who would merit the franchise tag.