With the current labor negotiations ongoing, what will it mean for the franchise tag if a new CBA isn't reached by the March 3 deadline?
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora has tackled that issue in depth, but here is a rundown of notable players who could be hit with the tag beginning Thursday, regardless of the future labor situation:
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Michael Vick, QB, Eagles: He will get franchised next week at the latest, according to a team source.
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts: He will get franchised without a new deal. The sides are exchanging proposals and making progress toward a long-term contract, according to league sources.
LaMarr Woodley, OLB, Steelers: We've been reporting since the March owners meetings that the sides would not agree on long-term deal. But team sources said he will be franchised, then they'll work out a new deal after a new CBA.
Haloti Ngata, DT, Ravens: He will be franchised, according to team and league sources, and Baltimore will work to lock him up as soon as a new CBA is reached.
Tamba Hali, OLB, Chiefs: Both sides have exchanged proposals since the Senior Bowl last month. He's expected to be franchised if they can't strike a deal, according to a league source.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars: Jacksonville is working on an extension. If they can't get it done in time, they are prepared to franchise him, according to a team source.
Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings: He will not be franchised. Instead Minnesota is considering WR Sidney Rice, according to league sources.
Aubrayo Franklin, DT, 49ers: Team officials have held internal discussions about franchising him for a second consecutive year, but they have not finalized a decision, according to league sources.