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Thursday, February 23, 2006

NFL Has a Deadline Today, Too
Teams have to designate franchise and transition players by 4 p.m. today. The Eagles are highly unlikely to tag anybody, judging from the team's free agents. Franchising offensive tackle John Runyan, for example, would require a payout of nearly $7 million. (Fans want to keep him, though. See Eagles.com poll.) But look for which players are tagged by other teams, because those players will be removed from the pool of free agents who become available starting March 3. And expect more players to get cut by then, including T.O., who's due a big bonus March 1 if he's still with the team. (Washington and Kansas City are both more than $20 million over the cap, writes the Eagles Dave Spadaro.)
Players who won't (or can't) be tagged: running backs Edgerrin James (Colts), Jamal Lewis and Chester Taylor (Ravens), and Shaun Alexander (Seahawks); quarterback Drew Brees (San Diego).
Players who might get tagged (per ESPN.com): Seattle guard Steve Huchinson, Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus (club was still trying to sign him yesterday), New England place kicker Adam Vinatieri.
Already tagged: Bills cornerback Nate Clements, Jets offensive lineman John Abraham.
Already re-signed: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who inked a new deal this week.


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