AFC South: A look at franchise tags

AFC South: A look at franchise tags
March 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The deadline for NFL teams to use their franchise tag is rapidly approaching. All NFL teams will have until 3 p.m. CT Monday to use their franchise tag.

The Texans haven't used their tag this season, yet team hasn't ruled out using it on safety Glover Quin. But used on a safety, the tag would cost them about $6.9 million. That's just about all the room they have under the cap and they have other contracts they want to complete. They'd need to restructure a few deals to make that possible.

So with that information in mind, it would make sense that the Texans won't use it on him. But we'll have to wait and see.

The Colts went a little outside the box with their tag. They used it on their punter, Pat McAfee, who will make $2.977 million this year if he signs the tag.

The Titans haven't used their tag yet but Terry McCormick of TitansInsider expects them to use it on tight end Jared Cook.

The tricky thing is whether or not Cook is still a tight end. See, the Titans drafted him as a TE but is kind of a hybrid. If he is deemed a tight end, the tag would pay him $6.07 million, while the wide receiver tag number is $10.54 million.

And, finally, the Jaguars won't use their franchise tag this season. Corner Derek Cox was the only player who merited discussion, according to general manager Dave Caldwell.

“When you don’t tag somebody and they get to free agency, you have to be prepared to lose him,” Caldwell said, via The Florida Times-Union. “We feel good that we’re going to put together the best team possible this year, whether he’s in our plans or not.”