According to Profootballtalk's Gregg Rosenthal, the NFL expects the franchise tag to be in play as normal in February.
Rosenthal is reporting from a league meeting at NFL offices on Thursday. It was a widely held belief that some mechanism similar to the franchise tag would be available in the next CBA, but it's somewhat surprising that teams are still planning to use the original tag in the coming weeks. Michael Vick, Haloti Ngata, Logan Mankins, Vincent Jackson, Sidney Rice, LaMarr Woodley, Tamba Hali, Marcedes Lewis, and Johnathan Jospeh are candidates for the tag.
One big takeaway from today's session: League expects franchise tag to be available for use as normal in Feb.
Edit: this is 10 hours late, im sure this has already been posted. apologies
Edited by Dpantherman, 28 January 2011 - 12:04 AM.