The Cincinnati Bengals don’t have many big free agents this year, so using the franchise tag seems like an unlikely option to keep one of their stars in Cincinnati for at least one more season.
With Tyler Eifert, Kevin Minter, Andre Smith, Russell Bodine, AJ McCarron and Kevin Huber all set to hit the open market in March, the Bengals will look to begin negotiations in the coming weeks, but, the team can end the suspense for one of those players by using the tag, though it’s highly unlikely that will happen.
All 32 NFL teams have the option of designating one player with the franchise tag. The window to do so began Tuesday, February 20. Teams then have until March 6 at 4 p.m. ET to use the designation, and this is the easiest way for clubs to ensure they don’t lose their best free agent.


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