Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Thursday in Indianapolis that the team has no plans to place a franchise tag on one of its high-profile free agents, which include defensive lineman Michael Bennett, wide receiver Golden Tate and kicker Steven Hauschka, Terry Blount of ESPN.com reports.
“I don’t anticipate us having to do that,” Schneider said in an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle radio. “It’s definitely a tool that you have in your back pocket, but at this point where we are with our unrestricted free agents, I don’t anticipate us using it.”
Schneider, however, hopes to re-sign each of those players, along with the majority of the other Seahawks free agents.
“Where we are right now is trying to keep this thing together as long as we possibly can,” Schneider said. “I’m not looking forward to the tough decisions ahead us. You’re affecting people’s lives and people you’ve become very close with.
“But in order to be a consistent championship-caliber team, you have to draft well, be able make tough decisions and live with those decisions. We don’t want to be a team that cruises in for a year and cruises out.”