NFL teams can start placing franchise and transition tags on players beginning today.
For the Green Bay Packers, that has implications for two players, tight end Jermichael Finley and quarterback Matt Flynn. However, there’s no guarantee the Packers will place a tag on one of them today.
Finley is the most likely candidate to receive the franchise tag. He’s set to be a free agent at season’s end, and even though he had a few issues with immaturity drops this past season, he’s still young, talented and another team would snatch him up in a second.
The only question is whether he’ll get paid like a tight end or a wide receiver, as Finley said he’d seek. Players with franchise tags get paid the average of the top five players at their position, wide receivers get paid about $4 million more than tight ends.
A less likely scenario is that the Packers go the “tag and trade” route with Flynn.
They might consider it if they could receive a first round draft choice and change in return for Flynn, but it’s highly unlikely any team would be willing to give up that much when they know if they sign him in free agency, they don’t have to give up any draft picks.
And the Packers wouldn’t place the tag on him without the parameters of a trade already worked out ahead of time.
Plus, there’s the salary cap ramifications to work out as well.
Teams have two weeks to make a decision on franchise tags. The deadline is Monday March 5.