Seahawks Unlikely to Use Franchise Tag for 2011
The Seattle Times is reporting that the team is not expected to use either a franchise or transition tags. It would be the first time in 10 years the Seahawks have taken this route.
The franchise player last year was placekicker Olindo Mare, who signed a one-year offer worth the average of the five highest-paid kickers (place kickers and punters are lumped together in this instance) in the NFL.
The Times said Mare was the most likely player to be named a franchise player this year, but that ultimately the team decided against going in that direction. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was also given consideration for the franchise tag.
Meanwhile, the club signed running back Chris Henry to a 2011 contract. Henry originally came to the organization's practice squad on Sept. 5 and played in one game (Oct. 24 against Arizona) before being released, then re-signed to the practice squad.
He finished the season on the injured reserve/practice squad with a foot injury.