Jimmy Graham's new big-money contract doesn’t end the debate surrounding tight ends and the franchise tag. Four other top young tight ends - Denver's Julius Thomas, Cleveland’s Jordan Cameron, Miami’s Charles Clay and Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph - are entering the final year of their deals. Each could be headed toward the 2015 franchise designation if unable to reach long-term agreements. In turn, any could file a grievance as Graham did claiming he should be classified as a wideout for franchise salary purposes (a roughly $5 million difference). Graham was unsuccessful but signed a four-year, $40 million contract with New Orleans before his appeal was heard. Here's a 32-team forecast of which players could be 2015 tag targets as well as veterans who may be getting released to help create the cap space needed to use the costly designation.
>> Leading tag candidate: QB Carson Palmer. However, plenty must transpire before the Cardinals commit to a projected tag of at least $17 million. Palmer first must show he’s worth the investment by continuing his improved play from the 2013 second half. If he does, an extension may not be hard to negotiate. Because he will turn 35 in December and has already made more than $100 million in his career, Palmer may be willing to take a little less to play for a coach he cherishes in Bruce Arians. >> Potential cap casualty: DE Darnell Dockett ($6.8 million savings). He will be 34 entering the 2015 season and is no longer a dominant lineman. >> Top re-signing priority: CB Patrick Peterson. Arizona has enough cap space ($11.4 million) to work out a long-term deal now before Peterson’s price rises again with more stellar play.
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>> Leading tag candidate: None unless a solid player like DT Corey Peters or DE/OLB Kroy Biermann unexpectedly blossoms into one of the NFL’s best at their respective positions. ILB Sean Weatherspoon could have been a candidate, but a torn Achilles’ suffered in an offseason workout has landed him on IR and damaged his market value. >> Potential cap casualty: RB Steven Jackson ($3.75 million savings). Ideally, the Falcons squeeze one quality season out of Jackson after the soon-to-be 31-year-old finished last year with a career-low 543 rushing yards. >> Top re-signing priority: WR Roddy White. With the Falcons likely to take a wait-and-see approach as WR Julio Jones returns from a foot injury, signing beyond this season makes sense. White’s strong end to 2013 should make the Falcons optimistic that he isn’t in decline at age 32.
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>> Leading tag candidate: WR Torrey Smith. One of the NFL’s top deep threats, Williams is the team’s top pending free agent in 2015 after a busy 2014 offseason of Ravens re-signings. Use of the tag would cost at least $13 million. >> Potential cap casualty: DE Chris Canty ($2.7 million savings). Canty, though, must first earn a roster spot in 2014 after a disappointing first season with the Ravens. >> Top re-signing priority: DE Haloti Ngata. A long-term deal would lessen the $16 million in cap space Ngata is consuming each of the next two years. CB Jimmy Smith did himself no favors with a recent arrest on a disorderly conduct charge. Smith had done a nice job of leaving behind baggage from college. The Ravens must evaluate whether his arrest was a hiccup or something that should make the team wary of offering a big extension.
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>> Leading tag candidate: DE Jerry Hughes. Labeled a first-round draft bust after three unproductive seasons in Indianapolis, Hughes reinvented himself last season in Buffalo with 10 sacks. Hughes, 25, is headed toward a big-money contract or the tag if he reaches double-digits again. >> Potential cap casualty: WR Mike Williams ($6.8 million savings). If he rebounds from a poor 2013 and multiple off-field incidents, sending a sixth-round pick to Tampa Bay for Williams will be a steal. Williams, though, must take his game to a new level for any shot at earning his slated $6.8 million 2015 base salary. >> Top re-signing priority: Three of Buffalo’s first-round draft choices – CB Stephon Gilmore, DT Marcell Dareus and RB C.J. Spiller – are under contract for another two years. That gives the Bills ample time to negotiate new deals.
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>> Leading tag candidate: T Byron Bell. The Panthers are counting on Bell to replace the retired Jordan Gross by making the switch from right to left tackle. If he’s successful, Bell will cash in. If not, finding a new left tackle will be Carolina’s top priority in 2015. >> Potential cap casualty: DE Charles Johnson ($8.6 million savings). Carolina’s previous regime grossly overpaid when signing Johnson to a six-year, $72 million contract in 2011. >> Top re-signing priority: DE Greg Hardy. The Panthers would love having Hardy back but are cognizant that quarterback Cam Newton must be re-signed to a mega-deal as he enters the final year of his rookie contract in 2015.
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>> Leading tag candidate: None because the only blue-chip player left on the roster from 40 draft picks between 2007 and 2011 is RB Matt Forte. >> Potential cap casualty: Forte ($7.8 million savings). The key word here is “potential.” Forte is coming off his best NFL season with career-highs in rushing, receiving and scoring. But he also will turn 29 in December, and the days of high-salaried running backs appear numbered. One possibility is a more cap-friendly contract extension if Forte remains as productive in 2014. >> Top re-signing priority: None as general manager Phil Emery has done a splendid job locking up the team’s top talent through at least the 2015 season. Two long-time members of Chicago’s defense now in their 30s – linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Peanut Tillman – may be playing their final season with the Bears.
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>> Leading tag candidate: QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals are trying to re-sign Dalton to a long-term extension, but the numbers haven’t yet worked. Cincinnati has the cap space to tag Dalton without needing extensive cost-cutting. >> Potential cap casualty: CB Leon Hall ($7.8 million savings). Hall must prove he can fully recover from his second ruptured Achilles’ since 2011. He is set to enter 2015 with Cincinnati’s second-highest cap number at $9.6 million. >> Top re-signing priority: LB Vontaze Burfict. As an undrafted college free agent, Burfict received a meager $1,000 signing bonus and has played for league minimum while logging almost 300 tackles over the past two seasons. The Bengals, though, hold leverage since Burfict can’t become an unrestricted free agent until the 2016 offseason. Star WR A.J. Green is on the radar as well.
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>> Leading tag candidate: TE Jordan Cameron. In light of the Jimmy Graham arbitration ruling, Cameron recently changed his Twitter billing from “tight end” to “pass catcher.” The NFL still categorizes Cameron as a tight end, however. That makes him a more affordable tag option than pending 2015 free agents at other positions such as outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard. >> Potential cap casualty: None, although OLB Paul Kruger ($4.6 million savings) and DE Desmond Bryant ($4 million) bear watching. Both were signed as unrestricted free agents by Cleveland’s previous regime and must prove their worth. >> Top re-signing priority: CB Buster Skrine. Along with Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert, Skrine gives Cleveland one of the NFL’s top young cornerback trios. QB Brian Hoyer could jump to the top of this list if Johnny Manziel struggles.
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>> Leading tag candidate: WR Dez Bryant. The Cowboys have proclaimed their desire to extend Bryant’s contract but may not be able to get a deal done this season. No worries, Dallas fans. He’s not going anywhere even if a projected tag of $12 million-plus is needed. >> Potential cap casualty: DT Henry Melton ($9 million savings). Melton’s roster status is secure as long as he recovers from the knee injury that derailed his 2013 season in Chicago. Otherwise, the Cowboys would be off the hook for Melton’s $9 million base salary if they released him before the 2015 offseason began. >> Top re-signing priority: RB DeMarco Murray. Although yet to play a full season because of injuries, Murray was fantastic when healthy in 2013. He could post even gaudier statistics this year if the Cowboys recommit to the run.
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>> Leading tag candidate: TE Julius Thomas. The 2014 tag for tight ends was $5.2 million less than for wide receivers. That’s why the Broncos should prioritize re-signing WR Demaryius Thomas first with the option of tagging Julius Thomas. >> Potential cap casualty: DE Von Miller ($9.75 million savings). This only – repeat only -- would be done in a worst-case scenario -- i.e. Miller isn’t the same player upon returning from last year’s ACL tear or he violates the NFL’s drug-testing policy again. No financial-related cuts are looming as the Broncos have done a brilliant job avoiding inflated cap figures. >> Top re-signing priority: Besides the two Thomases, both starting defensive tackles -- Terrance Knighton and Kevin Vickerson -- are set to become free agents. Knighton would be the higher priority because he’s three years younger.
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>> Leading tag candidate: Nobody – including DT Ndamukong Suh (see below). >> Potential cap casualty: DE Jason Jones ($3.2 million). The Lions don’t want to cut a projected starter – especially one making a reasonable salary – but Jones will be at risk if he isn’t the same player after having his 2013 torpedoed by a knee injury. >> Top re-signing priority: Suh. As each day passes without a new contract, chances increase that Suh will leave in free agency. It would cost $27 million for the Lions to franchise tag Suh because of his $22.4 million salary cap number in 2014. That likely makes such a move cost-prohibitive. Suh’s representatives also know he will command an Albert Haynesworth-sized contract if allowed to hit the market. Re-signing fellow DT Nick Fairley may be a more viable option provided he finally plays to his potential.
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Green Bay Packers
>> Leading tag candidate: WRs Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb. Both starting wideouts are set to become free agents. Even with promising young talent at the position, the Packers should keep at least one. The tag is a worst-case option if Nelson or Cobb can’t be re-signed earlier. >> Potential cap casualty: ILB Brad Jones ($3.75 million savings). Jones must prove he is worthy of the ninth-highest 2015 cap number on Green Bay’s roster ($4.75 million) after a blah 2013. New DE/OLB Julius Peppers ($7 million) is a candidate if he doesn’t rebound from a mediocre 2013 with Chicago, but such a move would require Green Bay to swallow $5 million in dead money. >> Top re-signing priority: RT Bryan Bulaga. Though he isn’t financially worth designating as a franchise player, Bulaga is a quality starter with the versatility to play left tackle.
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>> Leading tag candidate: None. CB Kareem Jackson is entering his fifth year as a starter but hasn’t shown himself worthy yet of a tag that would guarantee a $12 million salary in 2015. Potential cap casualty: Nobody obvious, but well-paid veterans from the days when Gary Kubiak was head coach should hope replacement Bill O’Brien feels as strongly about them after his first season in Houston concludes. >> Top re-signing priority: DE J.J. Watt. Watt has two years remaining on his rookie contract and could be given the franchise tag in 2016. But if any 2011 first-round pick is worthy of a new deal for outplaying his rookie contract, it’s the best 3-4 end in football. Re-signing players like Watt also sends a positive message through the locker room that the Texans reward hard work.
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>> Leading tag candidate: None. Most key players on the roster are signed through at least 2015. >> Potential cap casualty: OLB Erik Walden ($3.75 million savings). Walden was solid setting the edge of the defense in 2013, but Indianapolis was expecting more than three sacks when signing him away from Green Bay. Walden must provide more pressure this season, especially with NFL sack leader Robert Mathis suspended the first four games. >> Top re-signing priority: WRs Reggie Wayne or Hakeem Nicks. Indianapolis could face a tough decision on which to keep depending on how 2014 unfolds. Wayne is a pillar in the organization but he will turn 36 in November and is coming off reconstructive knee surgery. Nicks, 26, may have a more promising future, but he was injury prone during his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants.
>> Leading tag candidate: None. Blame that on Jacksonville’s weak draft classes before general manager David Caldwell took charge in 2013. >> Potential cap casualty: TE Marcedes Lewis ($6.8 million savings). He’s a great run blocker, but Lewis is being paid a salary commensurate with some of the NFL’s most productive receiving tight ends. Though the franchise’s unstable quarterbacking has hurt his production in that area, Lewis never caught more than 58 passes during eight seasons with the Jaguars. >> Top re-signing priority: WR Cecil Shorts. He isn’t franchise-tag worthy, but Shorts is a solid producer and the leader of Jacksonville’s young receiving corps. DT Tyson Alualu, Jacksonville’s 2010 first-round pick, also is eligible for free agency.
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Kansas City Chiefs
>> Leading tag candidate: OLB Justin Houston or QB Alex Smith. One reason the Chiefs released CB Brandon Flowers last month was to create cap space for re-signing Houston and/or Smith. The tag is a viable option for whichever player doesn’t reach agreement on a long-term deal. Houston is one of the NFL’s top young pass rushers, but there’s no heir apparent at quarterback behind Smith if he’s allowed to walk in 2015. >> Potential cap casualty: OLB Tamba Hali ($9 million savings). Multiple media outlets reported that Hali was 20 pounds overweight at one point during the offseason. The Chiefs also have a potential replacement in 2014 first-round pick on OLB Dee Ford. >> Top re-signing priority: S Eric Berry is high on the list with Houston and Smith. Using the franchise tag on Berry would be cheaper because of his position.
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>> Leading tag candidate: TE Charles Clay. He’s arguably the NFL’s best offensive player nobody talks about. Clay had a breakthrough season in 2013 (69 catches for 759 yards and six touchdowns) and could play an even larger role this year in new coordinator Bill Lazor’s offense. >> Potential cap casualty: OLB Dannell Ellerbe ($5.65 million savings). Ellerbe and fellow LB Phillip Wheeler failed to make the impact ex-general manager Jeff Ireland expected when signing both to lucrative free-agent contracts in the 2013 offseason. Ellerbe’s playing time will be cut in 2014 if Wheeler and Koa Misi are the team’s nickel linebackers. >> Top re-signing priority: DT Jared Odrick. Clay is cheaper to tag as a tight end, but Odrick is Miami’s most versatile defensive lineman with the ability to adroitly play both end and tackle.
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>> Leading tag candidate: TE Kyle Rudolph. Coming off a nine-touchdown season in 2012, injuries derailed Rudolph’s 2013 campaign. At age 24, Rudolph is only scratching the surface of his potential to become one of the NFL’s top tight ends. >> Potential cap casualty: OLB Chad Greenway ($7.1 million savings). Greenway already took a $1 million pay cut to remain with the Vikings this season after a subpar 2013 campaign. He’ll be 32 in January as well. >> Top re-signing priority: Outside of Rudolph, there isn’t a “must-sign” free agent upcoming on the 2015 roster. S Jamarca Sanford would top the list, but first he must stave off Andrew Sendejo in the preseason to keep his starting job.
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New England Patriots
>> Leading tag candidate: S Devin McCourty. He has flourished since shifting from cornerback in 2012. The franchise tag for safeties is projected at around $9 million, $3 million less than for corners. >> Potential cap casualty: DT Vince Wilfork ($7.6 million savings). He was almost a cap casualty this year until agreeing on a restructured contract. Wilfork, who will turn 33 in November, will better his odds of staying if he can rebound from a 2013 Achilles’ tear. >> Top re-signing priority: CB Darrelle Revis. Although he signed what is technically a two-year contract, the Patriots are unlikely to pick up Revis’ 2015 option because he would count $25 million against the cap. Provided he remains a top corner, the Pats will work feverishly to re-sign Revis to a longer-term deal before having to decide on his option by April 1, 2015.
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New Orleans Saints
>> Leading tag candidate: None now that TE Jimmy Graham has been re-signed. >> Potential cap casualty: CB Champ Bailey ($2 million savings). At age 36 and coming off an injury-marred season with Denver, Bailey should be considered a year-by-year player unless he proves otherwise with the Saints in 2014. >> Top re-signing priority: DE Cameron Jordan and OLB Junior Galette. After contract drama involving Graham and QB Drew Brees in two of the past three offseasons, the Saints at least have the luxury of time when it comes to re-upping their top two pass rushers. Jordan and Galette are both under contract through the 2015 season.
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New York Giants
>> Leading tag candidate: DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Being forced to use the tag on Pierre-Paul wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. It would mean JPP has regained the form that made him one of the NFL’s leading pass rushers in 2011 before he was beset by injuries. >> Potential cap casualty: DE Mathias Kiwanuka ($4.83 million savings). Kiwanuka grudgingly accepted a $2.2 million pay cut last March to stick with the Giants. The team may be ready to sever ties in 2015, especially if Kiwanuka loses his starting spot to second-year DE Damontre Moore. >> Top re-signing priority: S Antrel Rolle. He’s a team leader and the glue to New York’s secondary.
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New York Jets
>> Leading tag candidate: None. Pending free agent David Harris is a defensive mainstay, but the pricy linebacker tag (roughly $12 million) is almost always used on outside pass rushers rather than inside players. >> Potential cap casualty: RB Chris Johnson ($3.75 million). The Jets didn’t sign Johnson to a two-year deal last April with the intent to release him after just one season. But that could happen if Johnson doesn’t regain his old form following offseason surgery on a torn meniscus that limited his effectiveness with Tennessee in 2013. >> Top re-signing priority: None, although QB Michael Vick could change that if he bests Geno Smith for a starting spot. CB Kyle Wilson also has value because of his coverage ability in the slot.
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>> Leading tag candidate: None, largely because none of Oakland’s 16 draft picks from 2009 and 2010 remains on the roster. >> Potential cap casualty: Any of this offseason’s veteran free-agent acquisitions who don’t produce in 2014. Because of the way their contracts are structured, Oakland can cut QB Matt Schaub ($5.5 million savings) as well as three defensive ends -- Lamarr Woodley ($5.4 million), Justin Tuck ($5 million) and Antonio Smith ($4 million) – without carrying any dead money against the cap. >> Top re-signing priority: C Stefan Wisniewski. Because the franchise tag is almost always used on tackles, Wisniewski seems unlikely to receive that designation. But the Raiders will work to keep Wisniewski in the fold through a long-term contract or even possible use of the transition tag a la Cleveland with Alex Mack.
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>> Leading tag candidate: K Alex Henery. Although his 82.1 percent field-goal accuracy in 2013 was the lowest of his three-year career, Henery is a sound kicker who could be tagged at about a modest $4 million if he isn’t otherwise re-signed. >> Potential cap casualty: TE Brent Celek ($4.8 million savings). Celek likely will continue ceding his role as Philadelphia’s primary pass-catching tight end to 2013 second-round pick Zach Ertz. As he was used more as a blocker, Celek’s 32 receptions last year were his fewest since 2008. >> Top re-signing priority: None, largely because the Eagles had mediocre drafts in 2010 and 2011 as well as a roster overhauled by second-year coach Chip Kelly. WR Jeremy Maclin, CB Bradley Fletcher and S Nate Allen are the team’s other top pending free agents besides Henery who could be back in 2015.
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>> Leading tag candidate: OLB Jason Worilds. He was given the transition tag in 2014 and, in a curious move, signed a one-year, $9.8 million tender rather than test free agency for an offer sheet. The Steelers could up the ante with the franchise tag in 2015 should Worilds build on his breakthrough 2013. >> Potential cap casualty: The annual bloodletting should stop with the cap now under control and the roster younger than in previous years. The Steelers are counting on strong performances from 30-something veterans S Troy Polamalu and TE Heath Miller after both were signed to three-year extensions in March. >> Top re-signing priority: QB Ben Roethlisberger. He’s set to carry an $18.4 million cap number in the final year of an eight-year, $102 million deal. Roethlisberger has proven worthy of a raise and should ultimately get one.
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San Diego Chargers
>> Leading tag candidate: None. RB Ryan Mathews played like he was worthy of the franchise designation in the final month of the 2013 regular season. But the pending free agent has a long injury history, and the Chargers signed Donald Brown away from Indianapolis as a potential starting replacement for 2015. >> Potential cap casualty: OLB Jarret Johnson ($5 million savings). Johnson agreed to a $1 million pay cut to stick with the Chargers for 2014. He’ll be 34 before the start of the 2015 season. >> Top re-signing priority: LT King Dunlap. The massive Dunlap was among the NFL’s most improved linemen in 2013. He probably isn’t franchise-tag worthy, but re-signing him at the right price would keep some stability on an offensive line that could lose C Nick Hardwick (retirement) and RG Jeromey Clary (free agent) in 2015.
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San Francisco 49ers
>> Leading tag candidate: WR Michael Crabtree. San Francisco got lucky that Crabtree didn’t hit thresholds to void the final season of the six-year rookie deal he signed in 2009. He’ll earn a modest $3.5 million base salary this year as QB Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target. >> Potential cap casualty: WR Stevie Johnson ($6 million savings). Unless the former Bills starter emerges as more than a fourth option, it’s hard to envision San Francisco keeping Johnson with a $5.5 million base salary in 2015. However, striking a more cap-friendly deal with Crabtree instead of the tag would increase flexibility in trying to extend Johnson’s contract. >> Top re-signing priority: LG Mike Iupati. He’s one of the league’s top interior linemen and – sorry Vernon Davis -- falls just behind Crabtree on the to-do contract list for 49ers GM Trent Baalke.
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>> Leading tag candidate: None, thanks to the brilliant work of GM John Schneider. He signed S Earl Thomas and CB Richard Sherman – two stars whose rookie contracts were set to expire after 2014 -- to new deals this offseason. >> Potential cap casualty: RB Marshawn Lynch ($7.5 million savings). This season should answer questions about Lynch’s future. Does the 28-year-old show any sign of breaking down after averaging 300 carries the past three seasons? Is backup Christine Michael ready to become the new workhorse? And will Lynch become a locker-room headache over unhappiness with his contract? >> Top re-signing priority: QB Russell Wilson. After leading the Seahawks to a title, Wilson is set to cash in once the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement allows Seattle to offer him a new deal entering the fourth year of his rookie contract.
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St. Louis Rams
>> Leading tag candidate: None. The only member of the 2010 or 2011 draft classes still with the Rams and worthy of the tag would be DE Robert Quinn, but there’s no rush. He’s under contract for the next two seasons. >> Potential cap casualty: QB Sam Bradford ($13 million savings). After four middling seasons because of performance and injuries, Bradford is in a now-or-never situation to prove he truly is a franchise quarterback. He has two years remaining on the largest contract (six years, $78 million) ever given a draft pick before the rookie salary cap was installed in 2011. >> Top re-signing priority: None, which means St. Louis can focus on re-signing Quinn and players from the 2012 first Jeff Fisher/Les Snead draft class whose rookie contracts begin to expire after the 2015 season.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
>> Leading tag candidate: DT Gerald McCoy. The Bucs should try to get this deal done sooner rather than later as any new contract signed by Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh would raise McCoy’s asking price. McCoy’s 2015 salary and cap number under the tag would be roughly $18 million, which is excessive for a non-quarterback. >> Potential cap casualty: S Dashon Goldson ($8 million savings). Two things work against Goldson: 1.) He was acquired by Tampa Bay’s former regime; 2.) He didn’t play anywhere near the level of what was expected when signed from San Francisco to a five-year, $40 million deal in the 2013 offseason. >> Top re-signing priority: None after the Buccaneers radically overhauled their roster this offseason under new head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht. DE Adrian Clayborn could lead the list with a strong 2014 effort.
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>> Leading tag candidate: QB Jake Locker. His injury history scared Tennessee from picking up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, but the Titans are giving Locker the chance to prove himself as a long-term answer. If he does, Tennessee would have to pay about $4 million more using the tag than if Locker’s $14.6 million option were exercised. >> Potential cap casualty: RB Shonn Greene ($3.4 million savings). Greene is coming off two surgeries in nine months on his right knee. He may also serve as only a short-yardage back behind rookie starter Bishop Sankey in new coach Ken Whisenhunt’s committee approach. >> Top re-signing priority: DE Jurrell Casey. He was the AFC’s top pass-rushing interior lineman last season with 10.5 sacks. But will Casey’s production suffer with the shift from tackle to end in new coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4?
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>> Leading tag candidate: OLB Brian Orakpo. The Redskins have the right to tag Orakpo for one more year at a projected $13.7 million for the 2015 season. While expensive, Orakpo would be worth the investment if he continues producing double-digit sack totals and won’t agree to a long-term contract. >> Potential cap casualty: RG Chris Chester ($4 million savings). The Redskins used a 2014 third-round draft pick on Spencer Long as Chester’s future replacement. >> Top re-signing priority: None pressing, but the Redskins would be wise to strike new deals with three of their marquee players -- DE Ryan Kerrigan, RB Alfred Morris and LT Trent Williams -- before their contracts expire after the 2015 season.