What's The NFL's Franchise Tag, And Why Do Players Hate It?
NFL teams have until March 2 to use a franchise tag to prevent star players from leaving. However, players aren't too excited about the whole thing.By Matt Moreno | February 19, 2015
NFL free agents have a few choices once they hit the market: Sign with a new team, re-sign a deal with their current team or get slapped with a franchise tag by their current team.
The franchise tag has been at the center of a lot of free-agent frustration since its implementation in 1993.
The one-year tag breaks down three ways: the "exclusive" franchise tag, the "nonexclusive" franchise tag and the "transition" tag.