Six NFL players get tagged
Four soon-to-be free-agent players were designated with the franchise tag this year and two drew the transition tag, which had not been used since 2011.
In 2013, eight players received the franchise tag and only one player, Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady, wound up with a long-term contract.
Franchise and transition player designations were announced by the league Monday for the 2014 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 11.
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