Oakland Raiders Wise to Not Use the Franchise Tag This Year

March 2, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The deadline to put the franchise tag on a pending free agent has come and gone in the NFL, and there were a few possibilities for the Oakland Raiders to slap the tag on.
The Raiders could have put the tag on Desmond Bryant, who is expected to start next year with Richard Seymour and possibly Tommy Kelly leaving town.  
Shane Lechler could have gotten the tag, considering he is tied with Sebastian Janikowski for being the longest-tenured player on the team, and the tag would have been cheap for a punter.
The Raiders could have tagged Brandon Myers, who was the lone bright spot last year on the offense in a breakout year as he set career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Myers even tied the great Tim Brown for most catches in a single game in Raider history.
Philip Wheeler was a possibility as well, as he was the leading tackler on the defense. He played so well that he took over the responsibility of the green-dot helmet to communicate with the sidelin...

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