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Redskins Pass On Franchise Tag Deadline

Posted by Stephen Czarda on March 4, 2013 – 4:57 pm

Fred Davis, Lavonte David

On Monday, the Washington Redskins passed the 4 p.m. deadline without tagging any of their impending unrestricted free agents.

Soon-to-be free agent tight end Fred Davis, the 2012 Redskins franchise tag recipient, was one of several players that could have been given the 2013 franchise tag.

While the prestigious franchise has one of the best records in league history on the field, find out why success with franchised tagged players is a rarity in Washington.

The franchise tag was created in 1993 and gives teams the opportunity to give a player a one year deal to stay with the team. There are two different forms of the franchise tag: exclusive and non-exclusive.

The exclusive tag is given to elite players who have played at an exceptionally high level at their respective position.  If given the exclusive tag, the player’s salary will be based on the five-year average cap percentage for the tag at their respective position, or 120 percent of their salary from the previous season. Once given the exclusive tag, other teams cannot contact the player with future contract negotiations.

The non-exclusive tag, however, allows other team’s the opportunity to contact the player and try to pry them away from the team the player was tagged on, but at a lofty price. The team that tagged the player can match any offers, but if they decide to not match any offers, they will receive two first round picks in the draft as compensation.

Fun Fact: Davis was the third player to be tagged by the franchise, however, he was the only one to ever play for the team in the season he was tagged.

Sean Gilbert has the honor of being the first ever Redskin to receive the franchise tag as he was tagged in 1997 and 1998. However, in 1997 after a fantastic campaign the season before, Gilbert and the Redskins could not come to terms on a long-term deal.

Gilbert believed that his play deemed a lengthy contract and after receiving the tag, sat out the 1997 season. In 1998, he was one again given the franchise tag but after the franchise was weary of another contractual stalemate, he was shipped to the Panthers in exchange for two first-round picks.

In 2004, the Redskins gave the franchise tag to 1999 first round draft pick Champ Bailey. Bailey was outstanding during his tenure with the Redskins, including two Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections. After being unable to reach a long-term agreement after being tagged and threatening to sit out the season, the Redskins shipped him off to the Denver Broncos in exchange for running back Clinton Portis.

In 2011, Davis, a former second round selection, had a breakout season posting career-highs in receptions (59) and  (796) yards and tied his career-high in touchdowns with three. He was placed with a non-exclusive franchise tag meaning that other teams could of finagled a deal to cull him away from Washington, but no deals were placed on the table.

Davis quickly became one of quarterback Robert Griffin III‘s most utilized targets, catching 23 passes in the first six games of the campaign. In week seven against the Giants, however, he tore his Achilles, ending his season.

The Redskins have had little success with their franchise tag as only Davis has played a snap with the tag and his season was cut short after seven games.

With no player being tagged, the Redskins now have a little extra cap room to work with as free agency is only eight days away. Check back with the blog for updates throughout free agency.




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