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NFL 2016: Players to be Franchised and Other News

Tuesday started the mayhem.

The NFL announced teams were allowed to place the franchise tag on would be free agents in order to keep them on franchise rosters for the 2016 season.

It was also announced teams had until March 1 to assign this tag to a player. Essentially, this means to stars may not be on the open market once free agency officially begins. Teams that were hoping to sign Denver’s Von Miller or Carolina’s Josh Norman probably will have to look elsewhere are both Super Bowl teams will try to iron out contract deals before resorting to using such means to keep the Pro Bowl players.

What this also means is other star players may come off the free agency board, which will water down the potential frenzy to sign players from other teams. While a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars has approximately $70 million to spend this offseason, the money might be spent on other free agents. The scenario of top stars remaining with their current teams also means some players will get paid far more for potential and need, rather than talent.

In other NFL news…

MARIOTA ON THE MOVE

Now that Mike Mularkey has had the interim tag taken off his job as head coach in Tennessee, he has said he wants to see quarterback Marcus Mariota move more with the ball. This mean the second year pro will be running more.

“It’s a refrain Mularkey has preached since he took over the Titans midway through the 2015 season,” said Ken Patra of NFL.com. “On Monday, Mularkey again cited his experience with Kordell Stewart running the ball during his days in Pittsburgh and brushed aside the notion that running Mariota puts the QB in harms way more often.”

The Titans own the first pick in the NFL Draft and could look to shore up its offensive line to help open more lanes for Mariota to run with the football. Laremy Tunsil, a huge left tackle from Mississippi could be the top overall pick this year.

ELLIOTT WANTS TO BE A COWBOY

Evidently, Alabama’s Derrick Henry is not the only running back who wants to play in Dallas. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott wants to wear the star on his helmet as well.

Dallas had the ninth best running game in the NFL last season, but that had more to do with the offensive line than it did with moving the football on the ground. As Chase Goodbread of NFL.com points out, Dallas still needs a bell-cow back to compliment the passing game and quarterback Tony Romo.

The former Ohio State Buckeyes star made that clear on Friday when he was asked for his ideal draft destination during an interview from Super Bowl 50.

Henry has also expressed interest in playing in Dallas. Both running backs could be the first two to come off the board in April’s NFL Draft.

HALL OF FAME GAME PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

Green Bay and Indianapolis will kick off the 2016 NFL Pre-Season by playing in the Hall of Fame game on Aug 7 in Canton, OH.

According to NFL.com, the decision was an easy one with both teams being represented by Hall of Fame inductees this year.

Longtime Packers legend Brett Favre being inducted into the Hall will bring plenty of Green Bay fans to Canton. The Colts boast two inductees in former coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison. The rest of the Hall of Fame’s class of 2016 includes owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., offensive linemen Orlando Pace and Dick Stanfel, quarterback Ken Stabler and linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene.

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