Best, worst franchise tags of 2013

While the Chiefs chose wisely, Cowboys gambling on Anthony Spencer

Originally Published: March 5, 2013
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Branden Albert, Anthony SpencerGetty ImagesBranden Albert and Anthony Spencer were both tagged by their teams.

After a league-record 21 franchise tags were used in 2012, only eight players received that designation in 2013. But even with a vastly reduced number of tags, a pair of them stood out -- one for all the right reasons, and another that appears to hinge entirely on a sack stat that doesn't tell the whole story. Here's a look at the best and worst use of the franchise tag for 2013.


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