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Franchise system flaws exposed

Mailbag: Tag for star players isn't working as intended for teams or players

Originally Published: July 7, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Originally, the franchise tag was created to give teams the ability to keep their most important players -- the quarterbacks.

Through the 21 years of tagging, teams twisted the concept by using it at all positions. Often, the threat of a franchise tag leads to long-term deals with pending free agents. Instead of being trapped in a one-year deal, players might be willing to take a little less on the average to get a long-term deal with more guarantees.

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