Originally posted on Inside the Bills  |  Last updated 3/1/12
In a bumper crop of free agent wide receivers the Philadelphia Eagles applied the first franchise tag. Philly tagged free agent WR DeSean Jackson on Thursday. “We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” said Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman said.  “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia.  It’s our understanding that he has the same desire.  We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.” Reports are indicating that Oakland safety Tyvon Branch could be next in line to be tagged with the franchise label. Ravens RB Ray Rice is also expected to be tagged Friday. The deadline for teams to apply the tag is Monday March 5th.
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