New England Patriots: 2014 NFL Franchise/Transition Tags
Would the Patriots consider using the franchise tag on them?
There is one scenario, however, in which a tag wouldn't be completely shocking.
In 2010, the Patriots used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Vince Wilfork as a vehicle to buy more time in negotiations on a long-term extension. At that point, the Patriots and Wilfork had reached the red zone in contract talks and just needed a little more time to push the deal across the goal line.
The Patriots tagged Wilfork to protect their asset, both sides played nice with public statements and a long-term deal eventually got done.
We could envision that type of scenario with Talib. Not so much Edelman.
But, on the whole, we'd call it more of a long shot.
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