With the deadline passing Tuesday afternoon, it is now official that the Seahawks will not use the franchise or transition tag in 2016.
League-wide, 10 players were franchised, including one in the NFC West, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Seattle has not used either tag since placing the franchise tag on kicker Olindo Mare in 2010, thanks in large part to their ability to sign key players to new deals before they hit free agency.
Under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have signed key players such as Marshawn Lynch, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, K.J. Wright, Cliff Avril, Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner to long-term extensions either in the offseason before the final year of their previous contracts, or in the case of Wright and Avril, late in the final season of their previous deals.
Seahawks coaches, scouts and front office staff are out in Indianapolis to watch draft-class talent preform at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.