As Expected, Seahawks Don't Use Franchise Tag

The deadline to use franchise and transition tags pass on Monday, and as expected the Seahawks did not tag anyone.


Just as general manager John Schneider said would be the case earlier this offseason, the Seahawks did not use either the franchise or transition tag on a player this year ahead of Monday's deadline.

Seattle's highest-profile free agent, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, wasn't a candidate for the franchise tag because part of the terms of last year's trade that sent him to Seattle was the Seahawks agreeing not to tag him.

Clowney is just one of several Seahawks players set to become free agents when the new league year unless deals get worked out before free agency begins. You can find a full list of Seahawks free agents here.

Jadeveon Clowney was not tagged, a condition of the deal sending him from the Texans to the Seahawks.
Jadeveon Clowney was not tagged, a condition of the deal sending him from the Texans to the Seahawks.

It's hardly a surprise that the Seahawks didn't use a tag—and not just because of Schneider said "I don't see us tagging anybody" while at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Since Pete Carroll and Schneider took over in 2010, the Seahawks have only tagged two players: kicker Olindo Mare in 2010, and defensive end Frank Clark last year, a move that was eventually followed by a draft-week trade that sent Clark to Kansas City.

League wide, 14 players were designated franchise players prior to Monday's deadline: Baltimore linebacker Matthew Judon, Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, Denver safety Justin Simmons, Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, Kansas City defensive tackle Chris Jones, Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, Minnesota safety Anthony Harris, New England offensive lineman Joe Thuney, New York Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams, Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree, Tampa Bay linebacker Shaquil Barrett, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, and Washington offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. Arizona was the only team to use the transition tag, placing it on running back Kenyan Drake.