Seahawks not expected to use franchise tag

Published on February 24, 2011 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

The deadline for NFL teams to apply franchise tags is Feb. 24, and for the first time in 10 years, the Seahawks are not expected to use either a franchise or transition tag.

Kicker Olindo Mare was designated as the team’s franchise player last year, and signed a one-year offer worth the average of the five highest-paid punters and kickers in the league. Mare was the most likely consideratio n to receive the tag this year, but it appears the Seahawks will not elect to put the tag on him a second consecutive year, which would have required an offer of 120-percent of last year’s salary.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is also at the end of his contract, and could have been a consideration. However, the price for defensive tackles is expected to spike, going above $12 million for a one-year offer.

Here’s a 10-year synopsis of how the Seahawks have used the franchise and transition tags:

2010 Player Designation Price tag

K Olindo Mare Franchise tag $2,814,000

Result: Mare signed his one-year tender and played the season, converting 25 of his 30 field-goal attempts. In three years with Seattle, he has missed a total of 10 attempts.

2009 Player Designation Price tag

LB Leroy Hill Franchise tag $8,304,000

Result: Hill did not sign the one-year tender, and after drafting Aaron Curry in April, the Seahawks removed the franchise tag, making Hill an unrestricted free agent. Hill subsequently re-signed with Seattle.

2008 Player Designation Price tag

CB Marcus Trufant Franchise tag $9,465,000

Result: Trufant signed a long-term contract in the months following his designation.

2007 Player Designation Price tag

K Josh Brown Franchise tag $2,078,000

Result: Brown signed one-year tender, became a free agent in 2008 and signed with St. Louis.

2006 Player Designation Price tag

LG Steve Hutchinson Transition tag $6,390,000

Result: Rumor has it this didn’t work out so well for Seattle, who took it in the shorts courtesy of the poison-pilled offer sheet Hutchinson signed with Minnesota.

2005 Player Designation Price tag

RB Shaun Alexander Franchise tag $8,080,000

Result: Seattle promised Alexander it wouldn’t apply the franchise tag again, then watched him run to the league’s MVP award and a fat new contract.

2004 Player Designation Price tag

LT Walter Jones Franchise tag $7,080,000

Result: Jones missed training camp and then played under the one-year tender for the third consecutive season.

2003 Player Designation Price tag

LT Walter Jones Franchise tag $5,734,000

Result: Reported after sitting out training camp for the second consecutive season.

2002 Player Designation Price tag

LT Walter Jones Franchise tag $4,920,000

Result: Missed training camp and the first two games before reporting and playing the rest of the season.

2000 Player Designation Price tag

WR Joey Galloway Franchise tag $4,100,000

Result: Traded to Dallas for two first-round choices after being designated Seattle’s franchise player. Galloway sat out eight regular-season games in 1999, holding out for a new contract. He was ruled a free agent for 2000 in an arbitration hearing.

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