Best and worst franchise tag uses

Tags for Matt Forte and Ray Rice make sense, but what about Drew Brees?

Originally Published: March 5, 2012
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders
Matt Forte, Ray RiceAP PhotoMatt Forte and Ray Rice were both given the franchise tag by their respective teams.

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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.

Rivers McCown

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Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.