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February 22, 2008 8:38 AM

The annual game of tag

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Happens every year about this time as teams apply the franchise tag as a protection against someone who just might slip away in unrestricted free agency.

Marcus Trufant was the player the Seahawks designated. Safety Ken Hamlin was tagged by the Dallas Cowboys (story from Dallas Morning News is linked here). In all, 12 players received the franchise tag and one received the transition tag Seattle discovered can be oh-so dangerous two years ago with Steve Hutchinson. That's almost double last year's total when seven players were designated with the franchise tag.

Year Franchise tags Transition tags
2008 12 1
  Jared Allen, Chiefs Stacy Andrews, Bengals Max Starks, Steelers
  Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders Jordan Gross, Panthers  
  Karlos Dansby, Cardinals Albert Haynesworth, Titans  
  Marcus Trufant, Seahawks L.J. Smith, Eagles  
  Terrell Suggs, Ravens Corey Williams, Packers  
  Ken Hamlin, Cowboys Dallas Clark*, Colts  
  *Subsequently signed long-term contract with Colts.
2007 7 0
  Lance Briggs, Bears Justin Smith, Bengals  
  Cory Redding*, Lions Dwight Freeney*, Colts  
  Asante Samuel, Patriots Charles Grant*, Saints  
  Josh Brown, Seahawks    
  *Subsequently signed long-term contracts.
2006 3 1
  Nate Clements, Bills John Abraham*, Jets Steve Hutchinson, Seahawks
  Jeff Backus, Lions   DeSaun Foster**, Panthers
  *Traded to Atlanta. **Signed long-term deal.
2005 12 1
  Rudi Johnson, Bengals Edgerrin James, Colts Bubba Franks, Packers
  Charles Woodson, Raiders Donovin Darius, Jaguars  
  Adam Vinatieri, Patriots Darren Howard, Saints  
  John Abraham, Jets Corey Simon*, Eagles  
  Drew Brees, Chargers Julian Peterson, 49ers  
  Orlando Pace, Rams Shaun Alexander, Seahawks  
  *Eagles eventually rescinded tag on Simon.

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