Two weeks ago, I prepared for franchise tag season by predicting what all 32 teams would do.
Some of those predictions proved correct: (Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals). Some didn't turn out so good: (Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers). With the 4 p.m. ET now passed, let's look at what happened. Eight players got the franchise tag in the end.
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1. The Buffalo Bills used the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd.
2. The Cincinnati Bengals used the franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson.
3. The Indianapolis Colts used the franchise tag on punter Pat McAfee.
4. The Chicago Bears used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton.
5. The Denver Broncos placed the franchise tag on offensive tackle Ryan Clady.
6. As we expected, the Miami Dolphins used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks on Monday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
7. In a surprise move, the Dallas Cowboys used the franchise tag on linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer. It's the second straight year Spencer received the tag. The Cowboys continue to make the same mistakes over and over.
8. The Kansas City Chiefs used the franchise tag on offensive tackle Branden Albert after a last minute, long-term contract for Dwayne Bowe.
Did not get tagged
» Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots offensive tackle: Cornerback Aqib Talib was also an option. The Patriots have a lot of work to do with Wes Welker also slated for free agency.
» Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks kicker: No one is talking about this one, but it makes a lot of sense.
» Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans tight end: This came as a surprise. Cook's agent was going to argue that Cook should be paid like a wide receiver, and the Titans decided they didn't want to bother with a legal battle.
» Glover Quin, Houston Texans safety: He's a high-priority re-signing for the Texans, but not high enough to get the franchise tag.
» Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers safety: It's surprising -- and somewhat telling -- that the 49ers will let Goldson test the market.
» William Moore, Atlanta Falcons safety: There were varying reports about the Falcons' tag, but they chose not to use the franchise tag on their excellent young starter.
» Phil Loadholt, Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle: The Vikings want to keep Loadholt. It will have to be via a long-term contract.
» Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers wide receiver: This will free up room, in theory, for the Packers to retain Jermichael Finley.
» Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams wide receiver : General manager Les Snead told Around the League at the combine that Amendola would not be tagged.
» Joe Flacco and New York Giants tackle Will Beatty avoided potential tags by signing long-term deals.
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