Seahawks pass on using franchise or transition tag

Posted Mar 3, 2014

The deadline for designating franchise and transition players passed, and so did the Seahawks. But that should come as no surprise after GM John Schneider said recently that he didn’t anticipate using either 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.”

And it didn’t. Only four players around the NFL were designated franchise players: Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, New York Jets kicker Nick Folk and Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo. The cost of the moves ran from $13.116 million for Hardy to $3.556 million for Folk, as the franchise tender is the average of the five highest-paid players at that position from the previous year.

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.