Best and worst franchise tag uses
Tags for Matt Forte and Ray Rice make sense, but what about Drew Brees?
More Insider free agency content:Projecting Peyton Manning's impact | Best fits for top FAs | Best/worst franchise tag uses | Matt Flynn is overrated | Five teams for Mario Williams | Vincent Jackson
With the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline come and gone, 21 teams used their franchise tag this year. While the franchise tag wasn't used on premier players like Mario Williams, Carl Nicks or Vincent Jackson, plenty of players were tagged. Let's take a look at some of the best and worst uses of the franchise tag this year.
Best uses of the franchise tag
RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears -- While it's somewhat risky to potentially irk Forte further after his contract situation went unaddressed last offseason, keep in mind that running backs can dive off a cliff quickly.
To see the best and worst uses of the franchise tag this year in the NFL, plus to get access to all of Insider's NFL coverage, sign up for ESPN Insider.
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- Browns coach not ready to pick starting QB
- Vikings settle, to donate to gay rights groups
- Former Titan Shaw announces ALS diagnosis
- Steelers sign Gilbert to new 6-year contract
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
The NFL on ESPN.com