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Seahawks pass on using franchise or transition tag
Tag, nobody’s it.
That was the case for the Seahawks on Monday, when the deadline for designating pending free agents as franchise or transition players passed, and so did the Super Bowl champions. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise after general manager John Schneider said as much during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.
“I just don’t anticipate using it on any of our free agents,” Schneider said when asked about the franchise tag. “I’m not saying it’s completely out of the realm of possibility or anything, but that’s where we stand right now. I don’t see it going that way.”
Two players were given the transition tag, with tenders that are the average salaries of the Top 10 highest-paid players at their position: Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds.
The Seahawks are trying to re-sign several of their players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents March 11, and Schneider has labeled versatile defensive lineman and sack leader Michael Bennett and leading receiver and punt returner Golden Tate as priorities.
The group of Seahawks who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents also includes: kicker Steven Hauschka, defensive lineman Tony McDaniel and Clinton McDonald, offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan, cornerback Walter Thurmond, fullback Michael Robinson, backup safety and special teams standout Chris Maragos, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, linebacker O’Brien Schofield, wide receiver Bryan Walters and tight ends Kellen Davis and Anthony McCoy. Read