According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints will not use the franchise tag this offseason, so offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod will become a free agent and could end up moving on.
Saints do not plan to use their franchise tag on starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod. He will be an unrestricted free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 22, 2013
Losing Bushrod would be a big blow to the Saints, but they’re currently $15.4 million over the cap and don’t have the money to extend his contract or place the tag on him.