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Seahawks Don't Use Franchise Tag

For the eighth straight year, the Seahawks elected to not use the franchise tag on a potential free agent player.

The deadline for NFL teams to place the franchise tag or transition tag on players passed on Tuesday afternoon, and once again the Seahawks declined to use either of those tags.

This is the eighth straight offseason the Seahawks have declined to use either tag, having last done so in 2010 when the franchise tag was used on kicker Olindo Mare.

With no players tagged, the Seahawks have several 2017 starters heading for free agency when the new league year begins next week, including defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, tight end Jimmy Graham and receiver Paul Richardson.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll both said at the NFL scouting combine that they hope to re-sign all of their top free agents, but they realize the market for those players will dictate what they are able to do.

"We want all these guys back," Schneider said. "It's just a constant puzzle. I know you guys are probably tired of hearing that. But it's this constant puzzle. You're trying to put stuff together all the time. It's a big challenge. The cool thing we have going for us is that March 14 is when we kind of get back, we're going to get back into the office, recalibrate after studying this whole weekend, listen to everything we're listening to, sit down and make some sound decisions. Pete and I have a lot to discuss."

League wide, five players were franchised, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry, Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner, and Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, while the Bears used the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Take a look back through the years at photos of current Seahawks players participating in the annual NFL Combine.

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