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Monday, February 20, 2012
A few quick notes on 2012 franchise tags

By Mike Sando

NFL teams can begin using franchise and transition designations on potential free agents beginning Monday through March 5.

Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, Arizona's Calais Campbell and San Francisco's Dashon Goldson appear to be the most likely candidates for franchise tags among NFC West players.

A few things to know about franchise tags under the current labor agreement:
Rules for transition players are somewhat similar, but prices are lower. Teams could name two transition players in a given year, but only if they did not name a franchise player.

Players have complained for years about franchise tags restricting their options, but they actually lost ground on the issue during the latest round of labor negotiations.