Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Now we come to the time of year when teams begin trying to figure out who they’re going to franchise tag for the upcoming season. This year, that effort seems a bit irrelevant, considering we don’t even know if franchise tagging will survive into the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.
But for now, even though the NFLPA claims NFL teams are not allowed to tag anybody, the teams will do it anyway.
According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, the Steelers are looking to place that designation on LB LaMarr Woodley. Though it’s unclear in what position he would be tagged – as a linebacker or a defensive end or a hybrid, which naturally would affect his salary – it potentially is a good deal for Woodley.
Typically, if the Steelers place the tag on you or plan on placing the tag on you, they end up signing you to a long-term deal.
As for the Chargers, the San Diego Union Tribune writes they might franchise WR Vincent Jackson. Apparently, Jackson knows this is a possibility, and he would be willing to play for the $10 million or so that the tag would bring him.
Unlike the Steelers, though, it sounds like the Chargers aren’t interested in a long-term contract for Jackson, who’s been a bit of a problem child. Instead, they very well could let him walk away after the 2011 season so they can cash in on a compensatory draft pick (likely a third-rounder).
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