Posted by Will Brinson
We're in the middle of the fast-paced world of franchise-tagging, but not everyone's been active yet, and it seems like a few teams won't even bother tagging anyone in 2011.
Like the Bengals. Cincy's second-favorite cultural icon (next to spaghetti noodles with chili sauce, of course), won't likely be using their franchise tag for the second-straight year, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
It makes sense, too, because Cedric Benson and Jonathan Joseph, the top-two candidates for such a tagging, don't really make sense in the position.
Benson would be owed more than $9 million and Joseph would require potentially north of $15 million to sign.
As Reedy notes, the Bengals would like to sign both Joseph and Leon Hall to long-term deals, but the constraints of a new CBA are as-yet unknown (unlike the frugality of Cincy's management).
For Benson and Joseph, this means they'll hit the market as unrestricted free agents -- whenever free agency starts -- and stand to make some pretty good coin. Joseph, particularly, should bankroll, as Champ Bailey's new deal with Denver on Tuesday moves him up the rankings of available cornerbacks.
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