Yesterday, it was reported that the New England Patriots used their franchise tag on Pro Bowl, All-Pro guard Logan Mankins, and they have since confirmed the use of the tag. The team released a statement on the tagging Mankins, but it was not accredited to any particular member of the front office:
“Logan Mankins is a tremendous player. He has been a fixture on our offensive line since we drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft and he remains an important part of our future plans. Unfortunately, we have not been able to reach a long-term agreement, despite many attempts and proposals by both sides. That remains our objective in utilizing the franchise designation and we are hopeful that Logan will be a Patriot for many years to come.”
The Pats were the first team of the 2011 offseason to use the franchise tag, but in doing so, they seemed to open the floodgates. Other teams have since began tagging their marquee players.
Here is a list of the players tagged so far at the time this was written, and one of them is one of the biggest stars in the NFL:
- QB Peyton Manning by the Indianapolis Colts. Manning will make $23.07 million if he plays under the franchise tag.
- ILB David Harris by the New York Jets
- NT Haloti Ngata by the Baltimore Ravens
- WR Vincent Jackson by the San Diego Chargers
- QB Michael Vick by the Philadelphia Eagles
Among those players rumored to be receiving the franchise tag soon are:
- LB LaMarr Woodley by the Pittsburgh Steelers
- OLB Tamba Hali by the Kansas City Chiefs
- WR Sidney Rice by the Minnesota Vikings