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Redskins could use franchise tag beginning today

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The two-week span for the Redskins and all other NFL teams to designate a franchise player began Monday.

It seems unlikely the Redskins would franchise any of their unrestricted free agents because that would involve committing to them an expensive salary on a guaranteed one-year contract. The league published estimated franchise player salaries near the end of 2012.

Washington’s only unrestricted free agent who might have commanded such a high salary on the open market is tight end Fred Davis, the Redskins’ franchise player last season. However, general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday that Davis won’t be healthy for months as he continues to recover from left Achilles tendon surgery.

Also, Washington is projected to be approximately $4 million over its 2013 salary cap because of the $18 million penalty levied by the league, according to a source who requested anonymity because the league doesn’t publicize teams’ salary cap figures.

The Redskins waited until three days before the franchise tag deadline last March to use the tag on Davis. This year’s deadline is March 4.

They also announced that day last offseason their tender offers to restricted and exclusive rights free agents.

To refresh your memory, here is the list of Redskins’ free agents (with age as of opening day 2013 in parentheses):

UNRESTRICTED

TE Fred Davis (27)

OLB Lorenzo Alexander (30)

LG Kory Lichtensteiger (28)

RT Tyler Polumbus (28)

QB Rex Grossman (33)

P Sav Rocca (39)

TE Chris Cooley (31)

FS Tanard Jackson (28)

FS Madieu Williams (31)

CB Cedric Griffin (30)

DE Kedric Golston (30)

RT Jammal Brown (32)

ILB Bryan Kehl (29)

OLB Chris Wilson (31)

OT Jordan Black (33)

RESTRICTED

FB Darrel Young (26)

OLB Rob Jackson (27)

TE Logan Paulsen (26)

KR/PR Brandon Banks (25)

LS Nick Sundberg (26)

NT Chris Baker (25) - exclusive rights free agent

 

 

 

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