Found February 19, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Starting on Monday NFL teams could officially place the Franchise Tag on their own free agents. The deadline to use the tag is March fourth, but the Steelers won’t be using the tag this year. Pittsburgh has plenty of unrestricted free agents and would love to retain Keenan Lewis and they have expressed some interest in bringing back Mike Wallace. Those two players are the only free agents that the would be qualified for the franchise tag, but the Steelers salary cap issues make it impossible for them to use the tag this off-season. Placing the tag on Lewis or Wallace would create around $10 million in a salary cap hit for 2013. Pittsburgh currently sits around $14 million over the cap so adding another $10 million would almost double the hole they are in. The free agent market will open on March thirteenth and the Steelers will look to re-sign a couple of their unrestricted free agents. Lewis will be the most highly regarded free agent. Outside of Lewis the Steelers will also look to bring back Larry Foote, Casey Hampton, David Johnson, Doug Legursky and Ryan Mundy if the price is right for each player. Mike Wallace was the Steelers top receiver in 2012, but the Steelers cap issues will make it almost impossible for them to bring him back. Many fans are okay with letting Wallace leave after he, and the rest of the Steelers receivers, showed multiple mental lapses during the 2012 season. Lewis on the other hand is the Steelers future replacement for Ike Taylor as their top corner and allowing him to leave would be a mistake. It is unknown as of now what Lewis will be looking for in terms of a new contract on the open market, but after a very good 2012 season he could be looking for around $6 million a season. To fit that salary under the cap the Steelers would have to set Lewis’ 2013 salary number fairly low with an increase over the life of the contract. The last time the Steelers used the franchise tag was during the 2011 off-season when they tagged LaMarr Woodley and signed him to a 6 year deal. The post NFL Teams can Place the Franchise Tag on Players Through March 4, but the Steelers Won’t be Using it This Year appeared first on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog.
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