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Franchise tag needs an overhaul

We're stuck with this system awhile, but can't we at least change the name?

Originally Published: February 21, 2012
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

Can we at least change the name?

That's my thought as we enter the franchise tag period, the first real date on the NFL's offseason calendar. From Feb. 20 to March 5, an NFL team has the right to place a franchise tag on one of its current players whose contract has expired and retain his rights under a one-year deal.

I don't like the tag. Never have and never will. When a player's contract expires, I believe that he should be able to shop his services on the open market and decide ...

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