According to the Washington Post, the Redskins likely won’t use the franchise tag this offseason after using it on tight end Fred Davis just a year ago.
Last year’s tag paid Davis $5.5 million in 2012 and would pay him $6.5 million this coming season, but the Redskins don’t want to place the tag on him becuase they want to see how how his Achilles heals heading into the spring.
The Redskins, who are salary-cap strapped, could be inclined to work out a deal to retain Davis without using the franchise tag. General Manager Bruce Allen indicated to reporters last week that a decision on Davis wouldn’t be made until the team can get a better feel for his recovery “until later in the spring.” The free agency signing period begins at 4 p.m., March 12, so Allen’s statement would suggest that Washington would pass on using the franchise tag on Davis. But the general manager didn’t rule it out, either.
Another 18 Redskins players will be free agents as well, but it wouldn’t seem that Washington would use the franchise tag on any of them.
The team is roughly $4 million over the salary cap because of the $18 million penalty it must absorb for a second consecutive offseason.
In the end, the Redskins will be forced to restructure multiple contracts as well as release some players on their roster because of how far over the cap they currently are.