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Monday Round-Up: NFL franchise tag window opens

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good afternoon, 12s, and happy Presidents Day.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, Feb. 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

NFL Franchise Tag Window Opens

Today marks the beginning of a two-week window where NFL teams can apply the franchise tag to one of their players. Clubs can use the franchise tag once each year on a player that's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

The tag secures the player for a one-year, guaranteed contract at a set value. That contract value is determined one of two ways - the average of the top five salaries at the player's position once the restricted free agent signing period has ended, or 120 percent of the player's salary from the year prior, whichever value is greater. Once a player receives the franchise tag, they cannot negotiate with other teams.

Here's a list of Seahawks that will be unrestricted free agents. Notable players include cornerback Byron Maxwell, offensive lineman James Carpenter, safety Jeron Johnson, linebacker Malcolm Smith, and defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

That said, you'd have to go back five seasons to find the last time Seattle used the franchise designation. The Seahawks tagged kicker Olindo Mare in 2010 - the first season with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider at the helm.

Tweet of the Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, who comes to Russell Wilson's defense after the Seattle quarterback tweeted about seeing the risque-movie, Fifty Shades of Grey.

More From Around The Web

Here at, Clare Farnsworth brings behind-the-scenes looks at what the Seahawks scouting and training staffs are up to at this time of year.

This year's NBA dunk champion Zach LaVine - a Bothell High School alum - shares a close family tie to the Seahawks.

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson launched a new website on Sunday and welcomed 12s with a blog recapping his thoughts on this past season.

Peter King at leads his Monday Morning Quarterback column with a preview of the 2015 NFL Combine, talking with NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock about how the event's popularity has grown.

Adam Jude at the Seattle Times profiles former Washington star cornerback Marcus Peters, who has worked to rebuild his reputation before the 2015 NFL Draft with the help of Seahawks running back and family friend Marshawn Lynch.

And Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times says Russell Wilson is an elite quarterback who deserves an elite salary.

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