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February 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Franchise Tag time approaching — don’t expect Seahawks to use it

The period when teams can slap Franchise Tags on players begins Monday.

But for the fifth straight year, it’s expected the Seahawks won’t use it.

As explained here, a Franchise Tag is used to give a player a one-year contract that is the greater of the average of the top five salaries (usually salary cap numbers) at his position once the restricted free agent signing period has ended, or 120 percent of his prior year’s salary. A player cannot negotiate with other teams after receiving an exclusive franchise tag.

NFL.com has a list of possible recipients here, as well as breakdown of the salaries involved.

The most sought-after unrestricted free agent the Seahawks have is CB Byron Maxwell. But the conventional wisdom is that Maxwell will likely get $7 million or so a year, and nowhere near the $13.05 million tag number for a cornerback. None of Seattle’s other free agents would be realistic considerations (remember, this is solely for players who will be unrestricted free agents, so this isn’t something you’d use on Marshawn Lynch, who is under contract for next season).

Seattle has not used the Franchise Tag since 2010, when the Seahawks put it on PK Olindo Mare, in what was the first season for coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider.

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