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Franchise Tags and Fresh Releases… Eagles get a chance to shop around…

Apologies to Smokey Robinson, but my mama told me, you better shop around…

Busy 24 hours. The 32 teams of the National Football League have until this coming Monday to designate their franchise players. Under the new CBA, an exclusive-rights franchised player will be signed for one year at a number far below previous seasons’ numbers. It used to be the player would receive the average of the top five paid players at the position. Now, there is a formula based on the salary cap and the franchise amounts of the past five years.

Non-exclusive rights franchised players are free to negotiate with other teams, but their original teams can match the offer or receive two first-round selections. Teams that designate a player are still free to negotiate a long-term deal with them, and then rescind the tag and apply it to another free agent.

Confusing enough? Maybe not to Chris Carr, Ravens nickelback who was just released to conserve cap space and who is a soon-to-graduate law student. I remember JB was pretty high on this guy a year ago…now the defensive back (who was due to earn $3.25 million) is a free agent. In the months before Nnamdi and DRC were signed by the Eagles in 2011, Carr would have been on the Eagles’ radar. But in this new year, Carr is just another mannequin in a show window the Eagles will pass by…

Chris Carr (#25)… CB, 5-10, 182, 8th year out of Boise State… a solid, smart DB and special teams guy who has exceeded his salary cap value at $3.25 million… Not that long ago, he would have been a nice fit for the Eagles… But at his current price, the Eagles will probably look away…unless they decide to part ways with Asante Samuel.

And there’s the rub. Carr could still be in the Eagles’ Free Agent signing picture if Asante Samuel is either traded or released… and Carr could still be in the Ravens’ picture in a restructured contract compromise.

That’s the crazy thing about this time of year in a non-litigative offseason shared by ownership and the players’ union…You don’t really know who’s signing on as a free agent with another team until the old team that released the player in question is done negotiating with him…

All that said, here is a breakfast menu of recent releases and franchise tag guys who are technically still in play for the Eagles:

K Phil Dawson Browns Tagged Back-to-back tags for your kicker, and you wonder why you pick top 10 every year?
K Mike Nugent Bengals Tagged Apparently will free up S Reggie Nelson to hit the open market…
S Dashon Goldson 49ers Tagged Might send early 3rd rounder in ’08 Reggie Smith packing. Could be possible Elam replacement…
DE Calais Campbell Cardinals Tagged Fully expected, but man, he would have been a great addition to the D-line.
WR Lee Evans Ravens Released Yawn…
RB Ray Rice Ravens Tagged One of the only top-flight runners on a winning team (hint, hint, hint)…
TE Fred Davis Redskins Tagged One zone of kush away from being gone for a year. Have fun Redskins.
WR Mike Wallace Steelers Not Tagged RFA – would net PITT a 1st rounder this year w/o a trade made…
WR DeSean Jackson Eagles Tagged According to Mike Lombardi, Eagles might settle for a third rounder for him…
RB Marshawn Lynch Seahawks Not Tagged YET Expected by Monday if no long term deal met…
DE Aaron Smith Steelers Released Barely played last few years. Last stellar year was 2008…
CB Brent Grimes Falcons Tagged Expected as well, top corner on the market, will probably hold out until season.
CB Cortland Finnegan Titans Not Tagged And won’t be tagged, according to Schefter and local writers…
LB James Farrior Steelers Released 37 years old. Hmmmmmm….
DE Cliff Avril Lions Tag Coming This could possibly put Stephen Tulloch on the market…
SS Tyvon Branch Raiders Tagged Safety market morphs, as now we expect Michael Huff to be released…
CB Chris Carr Ravens Released Dropped down the Baltimore depth chart last year, depth consideration = like a Frank Walker
RB Matt Forte Bears Tagged JUST TAGGED

Obviously, more players will hit the list over the weekend, and then we’ll be down to a week before teams can actually sign new players. It’s coming people… it’s coming.

Thomas Jackson

About Thomas Jackson

Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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