According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles won’t use their franchise tag this offseason to retain cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who will hit free agency on March 12th.
The tag number for cornerbacks is expected to be around $10.7 million, which would be an awfully high salary given Rodgers-Cromartie’s inconsistencies since being acquired two offseasons ago in the trade that sent quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals.
It doesn’t rule out Rodgers-Cromartie’s return to the Eagles in 2013; it simply means that the franchise tag number is too expensive for the club. The team will have a better idea of Rodgers-Cromartie’s value on March 12, when the new league year begins and free agency ensues.
None of the Eagles’ pending free agents are good enough to command the franchise tag, so they likely won’t use it at all.