Time Running Out for Raiders to Play Tag
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zach Miller
If the Raiders are going to play tag, they only have a few hours left to do it.
The NFL's deadline for teams to use the franchise tag, ensuring a player will stay with them next season, expires Thursday at 1 p.m.
The Oakland Raiders have not been deterred by a pending lockout of its players. The player's union has argued that the tag is meaningless until the league has a new collective bargaining agreement, which is currently being negotiated.
Still the team was reportedly interested in using the franchise tag on defensive lineman Richard Seymour. But he was signed to a lucrative two-year deal.
The top two candidates who could get tagged by the Raiders are tight end Zach Miller and guard Robert Gallery.
Miller is probably a more realistic player to get the tag since his one-year salary would be around $7.3 million.
Of course the Raiders have until March 2 to strike a deal with both players before the league's CBA expires and a freeze on free agency is expected to go into effect.