Designation tags are risky business for teams
Two years ago, the concept of the franchise and transition designations in the NFL appeared to be outdated.
"Tagging" a player was one of the few rights given to a team in adjusting to free agency. It gave a general manager one chance a year to prevent his best free agent from leaving.
The concept was simple. You place the franchise tag on a player and he couldn't leave unless the raiding team surrendered two first-round draft choices. The less restrictive transition designation gave ...
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