Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns do not use franchise tag


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Wednesday, Mar. 2.

Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland Browns decline to tag any of their free agents

"As expected, the Cleveland Browns declined to use the franchise tag or transition tag on any of their impending free agents before the NFL mandated deadline of 4 p.m. The Browns still hold exclusive negotiation rights with their free agents, most notably right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, wide receiver Travis Benjamin and safety Tashaun Gipson, but if they can’t work out a new deal before the league year begins on March 9 and free agency opens, they run the risk of losing another batch of free agents."

Cleveland Browns: Recent history of bad first round picks

"March is upon us which means we are one month closer to the much anticipated 2016 NFL Draft. With the second pick, the Cleveland Browns have a chance to right the wrongs of the past and select a player who can help turn the team into a winner. The team has had chances to do so in the past, but a lack of consistent leadership has led to bad selections and a slew of busts."

Donte Whitner once again calls out Justin Gilbert about his attitude

"With so much focus falling on quarterback Johnny Manziel, cornerback Justin Gilbert has flown a bit under the radar. While not as spectacular a failure as Manziel, Gilbert has been every bit as much of a bust after two years in the NFL as Manziel."

Cleveland Browns Free Agent Review: FS Tashaun Gipson (Dawgs by Nature)

"Gipson joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2012, where he was a backup to Usama Young and T.J. Ward was the team’s other starting safety. He played in 10 games as a rookie, but showed some glimpses to be named a surprise starter in Ray Horton’s first year with the club in 2013."

Why Browns won’t use the franchise tag this year (ESPN)

"The Cleveland Browns are not likely to use the franchise or transition tag on any of their players for one simple reason: Economics. Put another way, the Browns had to decide if their three main free agents were worth making the highest-paid or among the highest-paid players at their positions."

NFL News:

Report: Peyton Manning wants to play in 2016 (FanSided)

"The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl less than a month ago, despite having one of the worst quarterback situations in the National Football League. Peyton Manning was a huge part of the problem, throwing nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 10 games during the regular season."

2016 NFL Draft: Joey Bosa hate has gone too far (NFL SpinZone)

"With great explosive ability, athleticism and strength, Joey Bosa is one of the top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft class. He had an incredibly productive career at the Ohio State University, and is set to wreak havoc on the NFL."

Sam Bradford agrees to two-year, $36M Eagles deal (NFL.com)

"Sam Bradford won’t hit the market after all. The Eagles agreed to a short-term, two-year deal with their quarterback, the team announced on Tuesday just after the franchise tag deadline. Bradford was not under consideration for the tag. The deal is worth $36 million over the life of the deal, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source who has seen the deal."