No ‘tag’ for Seahawks

After signing leading rusher Marshawn Lynch to a multiyear contract Sunday night, the Seahawks did not use their franchise tag by today’s 1 p.m. PT deadline.

The club was prepared to tag Lynch, if a long-term deal could not be reached by the deadline.

But 21 teams did use their franchise tags to prevent players from becoming unrestricted free agents on March 13 – including the Saints, who gave quarterback Drew Brees the “exclusive” tag to prevent him from negotiating with other teams.

Here’s the list of tagged players, as released by the league:

Arizona: DE Calais Campbell

Atlanta: CB Brent Grimes

Baltimore: RB Ray Rice

Chicago: RB Matt Forte

Cincinnati: K Mike Nugent

Cleveland: K Phil Dawson

Dallas: LB Anthony Spencer

Denver: K Matt Prater

Detroit: DE Cliff Avril

Indianapolis: DE Robert Mathis

Jacksonville: K Josh Scobee

Kansas City: WR Dwayne Bowe

New England: WR Wes Welker

New Orleans: QB Drew Brees

New York Giants: P Steve Weatherford

Oakland: S Tyvon Branch

Philadelphia: WR DeSean Jackson

San Francisco: S Dashon Goldson

Tampa Bay: K Connor Barth

Tennessee: S Michael Griffin

Washington: TE Fred Davis

All but Brees are allowed to sign an offer sheet with another team, with the compensation being two first-round draft choices if the tagging team declines to match the offer.

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