Tag puts star players in tough spot

Playing under the franchise tag is lucrative, but it offers no long-term security

Originally Published: April 13, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

If they don't sign, they can't show. And there is little doubt that Drew Brees, Matt Forte, Wes Welker and Ray Rice have any intention of signing their franchise tenders.

It's not happening. Nor should it.

On Monday, teams across the NFL will open their doors for offseason workouts. Teams with new coaches already have been allowed to have their players in for voluntary workouts that will steadily build to a mandatory minicamp some time after the draft.

All players under contract ...

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