The franchise shifts risks from teams to players, who could see their long-term value drop. Plus, reader questions.
Franchised tight ends are currently a bargain, but things could soon change. Plus, answers to reader questions.
Because franchise tags eat up valuable space under a flat cap, teams have to rethink their strategies going forward, John Clayton writes.
A change in how franchise tags are calculated has given teams more leverage, John Clayton writes.
Mailbag: The Pro Football Hall of Fame game provides a head start for the Bills and Giants, two franchises heading into pivotal seasons, writes John Clayton.
Mailbag: There are no easy fixes for a franchise tag system that hasn't kept up as the NFL game has evolved, writes John Clayton.
Clayton's mailbag: The Ed Reed signing and the Cowboys' defensive change have turned out to be among the biggest mistakes of the offseason.
Mailbag: It's getting expensive to reside in the NFC North, writes John Clayton.
Mailbag: The franchise-tag system doesn't appear to be working as intended for teams or players, writes John Clayton.
The Raiders are out of cap purgatory, but having too much space could be costly in the long run, writes John Clayton.
Unless the Saints plan to release Drew Brees, the salary-cap impact of a $23.6 million franchise tag in 2013 would be devastating to the team, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.
The New Orleans Saints have placed their exclusive rights franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees, the team confirmed Saturday.
The Miami Dolphins placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Paul Soliai, a source said.
The Seahawks announced Wednesday that they have placed the franchise tag on kicker Olindo Mare.
After failing to lock Aubrayo Franklin into a long-term contract, the 49ers notified the nose tackle that they are giving him the franchise tag, according to a source.
Matt Cassel, a career backup in college and in the pros, has signed a six-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.