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The Philadelphia Eagles’ Journey with the NFL Franchise Tag

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When the Chiefs Super Bowl parade was completed, the NFL world started to focus on 2024 entirely and the critical offseason that awaits. As teams around the league prepare for the NFL scouting combine, the franchise tag window opens on Tuesday and closes on March 5. Any unrestricted free agent not tagged in that period will be able to sign with any suitor when the new league year and free agency opens on March 13. (The negotiating period, when teams can reach out to agents of potential free agents to start talks, begins March 11.) Lamar Jackson was among six players tagged last year, with two, including defensive tackle Daron Payne (Giants) and tight end Evan Engram (Jaguars) signing long-term extensions.
The 2024 salary cap hasn’t been set yet, but it’s expected to land north of $240 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The Eagles have to make critical decisions on several of their free agents, but none are worth franchise tagging. They can bring back Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham at a significantly cheaper rate, and the Eagles don’t like to pay running backs, so tagging D’Andre Swift is out. With the new league year fast approaching, we’re looking at the Eagles’ history with the franchise tag. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The former second-round pick was the most recent recipient of the franchise tag, 11 years ago after completing his rookie deal. Jackson was tagged at $9.5 million before signing a four-year, $47 million contract extension. After Philadelphia moved on from Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia placed the franchise tag on Michael Vick for $16,057,000 price tag after finishing second to Tom Brady in the 2010 Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Voting. Vick would go on to sign his second massive extension in the NFL, this time a five-year, $80 million extension with the Eagles.
Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports Long before Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert, L.J. Smith was an athletic tight end for Philadelphia looking to avoid a contract hassle. Smith became one of Donovan McNabb’s top targets and between 2005 and 2006, Smith led the Eagles in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Entering the final year of his contract in 2007, and after being unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal, the Eagles placed the franchise tag on Smith for the 2008 season. Smith played on the $4.5 million franchise tag before moving on to the Ravens. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports © Copyright USA TODAY Sports The man responsible for free agency and player movement in the NFL, White was offered the franchise tag back in 1993. Rather than accept the Eagles’ offer, White headed to court, and became a free agent, signing a four-year contract worth $17 million with Green Bay after they outbid Washington and San Francisco.

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