Unfortunately, they also have a number of prominent free agents, many of whom were considered candidates for the franchise tag.
The team settled on defensive tackle Randy Starks, who will now make $8.5 million after tallying 27 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2012.
Starks is a decent player, but he finished in the middle of the pack among defensive tackles last season,Nike 2013 jerseys,NFL Football Jerseys according to PFF. Tagging him means that cornerback Sean Smith and offensive tackle Jake Long will now probably hit the open market.
Even with Long's play slipping the past couple of years, this move something of a gamble.