Get ready for a lot of franchise tags to get used.
"Why wouldn't you?" one NFC general manager said. "It's getting a good player for one year without much risk. It makes sense for teams that don't have cap issues. You keep your own."
We saw the beginning of it Thursday when the Eagles put the franchise tag on receiver DeSean Jackson as expected, and word got out that the Raiders have told safety Tyvon Branch that he will be tagged.
It makes sense. You can get a player for a one-year deal -- if he doesn't agree to a long-term deal -- without much risk.
In Jackson's case, it really makes sense. The Eagles had issues with him last year. He has to show those are behind before they give him a long-term deal.
I know tagging him is what I would have done.
Show me you can produce for a year without incident. There's no question he has star potential, but it's more than just ability.
As for Branch, he should have been on the Pro Bowl team last year. He had an impressive season at a weak position in the NFL. It makes sense for the Raiders to keep him.
These are just the first two to get tagged. Get ready for a lot more -- even some you wouldn't expect.