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Hawks Likely to Skip Using the Franchise Tag This Year

Today is the deadline for NFL teams to apply franchise tags on members of its roster, and it seems like for once the Seahawks will go without the designation. The Seattle Times is reporting that the team is not expected to use either a franchise or transition tags, marking the first time in 10 years the Seahawks have taken this route.

The franchise player last year was placekicker Olindo Mare, who signed a one-year offer worth the average of the five highest-paid kickers (place kickers and punters are lumped together in this instance) in the NFL. The Times said Mare was the most likely player to be named a franchise player this year, but that ultimately the team decided against going in that direction. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was also given consideration for the franchise tag.


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