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Will the Redskins Use the Franchise Tag?

Posted Feb 17, 2012

Starting Monday, Feb. 20, NFL teams can apply the franchise tag to one of their unrestricted free agents if they so choose. The Redskins have several candidates, including tight end Fred Davis.

NFL teams can apply the franchise tag to one of their unrestricted free agents starting Monday, Feb. 20.

Will the Redskins use the tag this year?

By doing so, they would have to give the player a one-year contract that averages the top five NFL salaries at his position.

The Redskins have several candidates among their free agents, but the most obvious one would be tight end Fred Davis.

Davis, who logged a career-best 59 catches for 796 yards while adding three touchdowns last season, could draw serious interest on the free agent market. It would make sense for the Redskins to want to limit his movement.

Tagging Davis carries some risk, though. The fourth-year player was sidelined the final four games of the 2011 season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. One more violation could result in a stiff penalty for Davis.

Would the Redskins consider tagging veteran linebacker London Fletcher? He might draw some interest in free agency, particularly by a playoff-caliber team looking for a final piece of the puzzle.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has said that re-signing the 36-year-old Fletcher is one of the team’s top off-season priorities.

Fletcher led the entire NFL with 209 tackles (according to Redskins coaches) last season and also recorded 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Another candidate for the tag is safety LaRon Landry, but his long-term health status is uncertain as he rehabs a lingering Achilles injury this offseason.

Landry has been slowed by the Achilles each of the last two seasons. He played in just eight games last season, logging 56 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.



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