The Eagles don’t have a long, impressive list of players who will become unrestricted free agents in March outside of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who started all 16 games last year, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.
But they won’t be using their franchise tag this year to retain the erratic cornerback, according to a team source.
Today is the first day NFL teams can use the franchise tag to retain potential unrestricted free agents under a one-year deal worth the average of the league’s top-five salaries at the position. The deadline to apply the tag is March 4.
The tag number for cornerbacks is expected to be around $10.7 million, which would be an awfully high salary given Rodgers-Cromartie’s inconsistencies since being acquired two offseasons ago in the trade that sent quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals.
It doesn’t rule out Rodgers-Cromartie’s return to the Eagles in 2013; it simply means that the franchise tag number is too expensive for the club. The team will have a better idea of Rodgers-Cromartie’s value on March 12, when the new league year begins and free agency ensues.