Posted by Andy Benoit
While it’s still being debated whether NFL teams can use the franchise tag (the Union is saying “Go ahead – just know, it won’t mean anything”), reports started trickling out on Thursday about WHO will draw the tags.
Not surprisingly, the Colts are said to be ready to slap Manning with a $23 million tag if they’re unable to reach a long-term deal.
According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, the Patriots will franchise guard Logan Mankins. (That should go over well – Mankins, unable to come to a long-term deal with the club last season, held out seven games).
Speaking of holdouts, earlier in the day we mentioned in Hot Routes that the Chargers might be willing to pay the $10 million it would cost to franchise tag Vincent Jackson. And the Raiders are going to tag either tight end Zach Miller or defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
All this depending, of course, on whether there even is a franchise tag.
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