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AFC North: Action with the Franchise Tag Deadline on Monday?


Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Joe Flacco

(5) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With the deadline for teams to utilize the franchise tag coming up this Monday, there is some activity going on around the league with several teams to tag one of their high-value players.

The look at the AFC North actually doesn’t provide very much exciting news.

It’s known that the Bengals recently tagged DE Michael Johnson. He will make 11.1 million next season, following a stellar 2012 with 11.5 sacks.

Neither the Cleveland Browns or the Pittsburgh Steelers will use the tag before the deadline, or are at least very unlikely to do so.

Looking at the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco just became the highest-paid player in the NFL with a six-year, 120.6 million dollar contract from Baltimore. That pretty much makes the franchise tag irrelevant, if you think about it.

There are several other teams in the AFC that are utilizing the tag, but don’t be surprised if only one or two NFC teams use it this year.

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