Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Feb. 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Will Seattle Use The Franchise Tag?
Beginning Tuesday, NFL teams can place the franchise tag on pending unrestricted free agents, a designation that gives a player a one-year contract valued at the average of the top five salaries at a player's position, or 120 percent of that player's previous salary, whichever number is greater.
The Seahawks have used the franchise tag 10 times since 1993, second-most in the League in that span to the Indianapolis Colts (11). But under Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, Seattle has used the designation just once, franchising kicker Olindo Mare in 2010.
Teams have until 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, March 1 to use the tag, but Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com doesn't expect the Seahawks to place it on any player this year.
Kapadia writes: It's highly unlikely that the Seahawks use their franchise tag this year. Their top free agents are left tackle Russell Okung and linebacker Bruce Irvin. Both players are expected to test free agency and could end up signing elsewhere. From a financial perspective, it doesn't make sense for the Seahawks to use the tag on either guy.
For a complete breakdown of how the franchise tag works, what it means, and which NFL players are most likely to get tagged, check out this story from Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who shares a photo from last night's Grammy Awards.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle shares a detailed recap of the 2015 season, which you can also find on the history section of our website.
Washington native Zach LaVine won the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest for the second year in a row. His father, Paul, played for the Seahawks in 1987.
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung shared a few "lessons from the line" at GeekWire Startup Day 2016, held this past Friday.
Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune writes about what it was like to cover Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times offers a comment on each Seahawks player set to become a free agent this March.
And Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com says Seattle's offseason focus will be on protecting quarterback Russell Wilson.
Seahawks players, Legends and staff attended the 81st annual 2016 Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards, where Michael Bennett won Male Sports Star of the Year.