8 NFL free agents who could be franchise tagged this offseason

Kansas City Chiefs star Chris Jones
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The franchise tag is a tool NFL teams use to keep pending free agents off the market. It’s not favorable among the players and their union. But it’s been agreed upon in the past several Collective Bargaining agreements.

This year promises to be no different with a number of free agents likely headed for the dreaded tag. Here, we look at eight who will likely be handed it and kept off the NFL free agent market.

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Chris Jones, defensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Jones, NFL franchise tag
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Brian Burns, EDGE, Carolina Panthers

Brian Burns
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Tee Higgins, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

Tee Higgins
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Antoine Winfield Jr., safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr.
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Michael Pittman Jr., wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) brings a pass down in the end zone for a two-point conversion Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
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Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield
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Xavier McKinney, safety, New York Giants

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L’Jarius Sneed, cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed
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