Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber will return for a 15th season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Carolina Panthers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on two-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil on Tuesday, a move that will help keep the core of the offensive line intact but will also make two other key players unrestricted free agents.
Kudos to longtime Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger on his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This honor was long overdue for the nine-time Pro Bowler and key member of the 1972 team that reached Super Bowl VII.
The Philadelphia Eagles have placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick.
Peyton Manning is in line for a big payday from the Indianapolis Colts.
The Baltimore Ravens have designated Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata as their franchise player.
The Jets placed the franchise tag on playmaking linebacker David Harris on Tuesday, the first time the team has used the designation since 2006.
Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, Baltimore's defense bottled up Cleveland's Peyton Hillis, and the Ravens clinched their third straight playoff appearance, beating the Browns 20-10 on Sunday.
James Harrison and the Pittsburgh Steelers thrive on physicality in a league that is forcefully penalizing, fining and rebuking players who cross an imaginary line that appears to get redefined from week to week.