The Seattle Seahawks have cap space to clear to attempt to rework their team into a competitive one with an effective offensive line, meaning the franchise tag isn’t a tool they’ll likely use in 2021.
They certainly won’t use it on cornerback Shaquill Griffin, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. The Seahawks will work to retain Griffin in free agency, Rapoport added, as Griffin will attract interest in a thin free-agent market at the position.
Seattle also will not use the tag to keep running back Chris Carson, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Carson has served as Seattle’s lead runner for the last three seasons and carries plenty of value for Pete Carroll’s desire to establish and rely on an effective rushing attack, making his potential departure a significant one for the Seahawks.
The window to remake its cap situation is now for Seattle. We’ll see if the Seahawks can get it done and keep their key guys, even without using the expensive tag.
Here are other stories Around The NFL is monitoring Tuesday:
- Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer told reporters cornerback C.J. Henderson is recovering from labrum surgery. The Jaguars are expected to franchise tag offensive tackle Cam Robinson , the team announced.
- Soon to be free-agent linebacker Jayon Brown received full and unrestricted medical clearance Friday from renowned elbow specialist Dr. Shawn O’Driscoll, Pelissero reported. The fourth-year veteran was in the midst of another strong season for the Titans before breaking his elbow in November. He’ll be one of the top players available at his position.
- The Chicago Bears are franchise tagging star receiver Allen Robinson, per Rapoport.
- The Carolina Panthers have officially placed the franchise tag on offensive lineman Taylor Moton. One of the best players on the team’s roster, Moton, 26, has started every game each of the last three seasons.
- The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran guard James Carpenter, Pelissero and Rapoport reported.
- The Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin. Tampa Bay also tendered the following exclusive rights free agents: tight end Tanner Hudson, defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter, defensive lineman Pat O’Connor and long snapper Zach Triner.
- The Cleveland Browns have terminated the contract of defensive end Adrian Clayborn. He started in two of his 15 appearances in 2020, compiling 12 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
- The New York Giants are expected to franchise tag defensive lineman Leonard Williams, Rapoport reported. The Giants also announced several staff moves: Rob Sale will be the new offensive line coach, former Giants OL coach Pat Flaherty will come aboard as a consultant; Derek Dooley will take over tight end coaching duties from Freddie Kitchens, who will now serve as a senior offensive assistant.
- Jeremy Pruitt is the Giants’ new senior defensive assistant.
- The New England Patriots have a deal in place to acquire Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown, per Rapoport.
- The Detroit Lions won’t be using the franchise tag on wide receiver Kenny Golladay, per Pelissero, or defensive end Romeo Okwara, per Rapoport.
- The Minnesota Vikings released kicker Dan Bailey after three seasons. The 10th-year veteran made a career low 68.2% of his field goals in 2020.
- The New Orleans Saints are putting the franchise tag on safety Marcus Williams, per Rapoport.
- The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have released safety Blake Countess and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.
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