There was some back and forth over the notion whether the Falcons were going to use the franchise tag on one of their prospective free agents. Well, today the team made the decision not to, as no Falcon players were among the eight players officially tagged by today’s deadline. Safety William Moore was the likeliest candidate to receive the tag. Instead, he could test the market if the team can’t agree to a new contract before the start of free agency next week on March 12. However this year, new rules allow for a three-day window prior to the start of free agency in which players like Moore could begin to talk to other teams to gauge the market.
Last year the Falcons used the tag on cornerback Brent Grimes. Grimes is set to the hit market again next week as the Falcons and him did not come to an agreement prior to last July’s deadline for signing franchise players.
The eight players tagged by other teams included offensive tackles Branden Albert (Kansas City Chiefs) and Ryan Clady (Denver Broncos), safety Jairus Byrd (Buffalo Bills), defensive end Michael Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals), defensive tackles Henry Melton (Chicago Bears) and Randy Starks (Miami Dolphins), punter Pat McAfee (Indianapolis Colts), and linebacker Anthony Spencer (Dallas Cowboys).