Monday Marks Start of Franchise Tag Season

Starting Monday, teams have two weeks to use the franchise tag

It’s Franchise Tag season in the NFL.

Monday marks the beginning of the two-week window in which teams can apply the franchise tag to a player but, as Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News is quick to point out, the Dallas Cowboys are in no rush and will likely take all the time they're allowed before making anything official.

One of the more likely scenarios has the Cowboys using the tag on receiver Dez Bryant, then continuing to work on a long-term deal. If that is the plan, and Dallas does franchise Bryant, they’ll have until July 15 to get a deal done. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement by then, he’d play out the season under the tag.

Since the introduction of the franchise tag in 1993, the Cowboys have only used it four times. Flozell Adams got it in 2002, Ken Hamlin got it in 2008 but agreed to a long-term deal before the season, and Anthony Spencer got it twice, in 2012 and 2013.

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