Franchise tag possibilities for all 32 NFL teams

Starting on Monday, NFL teams will have the ability to prevent impending free agents from hitting the open market in March by slapping them with the franchise tag. Here's a look at the favorites to be tagged in all 32 NFL front offices. 

Arizona Cardinals: Jay Feely — They won't likely use it, but Feely would be the only cheap possibility. 

Atlanta Falcons: Nobody — Matt Ryan is wrapped up, so they're good. 

Baltimore Ravens: Dennis Pitta — The tight end won't likely get a long-term deal after injuries derailed his 2012 campaign. But the tag is less than $7 million.  

Buffalo Bills: Dan Carpenter — I don't think they're going to pay to keep Jairus Byrd at a higher price after a rough season. Carpenter is a cheap option. 

Carolina Panthers: Greg Hardy — The Panthers won't risk letting the sack machine get away. But there's talk now that they could let him walk.

Chicago Bears: Henry Melton — I think they learned in 2012 that this defense is a mess without Melton. They'll pay the premium for a second consecutive tag. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Nobody — I don't think they'll want to pay the premium for Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins is not worth anything close to $11 million. 

Cleveland Browns: T.J. Ward — Alex Mack is a possibility but I think they'll feel more pressure to give him a long-term deal first considering the tag price there. 

Dallas Cowboys: Nobody — Jason Hatcher is too old, their stud kicker is under contract and Anthony Spencer is a reach for a third straight year. 

Denver Broncos: Nobody — You can't devote eight figures to Eric Decker. 

Detroit Lions: Nobody — They're too tight against the cap to risk it with Brandon Pettigrew. 

Green Bay Packers: Nobody — Because nobody makes sense. 

Houston Texans: Nobody — Same deal. 

Indianapolis Colts: Vontae Davis — He was a Pro Football Focus stud in 2013. The tag is pretty expensive at that position, but the Colts have the cash and can't afford to take a step backward.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Nobody — Unless they make a huge mistake with an aging Maurice Jones-Drew. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Nobody — Branden Albert is as good as gone. 

Miami Dolphins: Brent Grimes — He had a fantastic season in Miami but is 31 and had a torn ACL in 2011. This makes the most sense. 

Minnesota Vikings: Nobody — Jared Allen would cost nearly $20 million. No way, not at his age and with his recent decline. 

New England Patriots: Aqib Talib — This is a toss-up for the unpredictable and tight-lipped Patriots, but Talib might be worth it to this defense. 

New Orleans Saints: Jimmy Graham — He's too important for the Saints to risk anything. Now they'll fight over whether he's a tight end or receiver. 

New York Giants: Linval Joseph — He's an underrated presense on that defensive line, and much more important than Hakeem Nicks. 

New York Jets: Nick Folk — It's the kicker or nobody. 

Oakland Raiders: Jared Veldheer — They have the money and negotiations have been coming along slowly. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Donnie Jones — It's the punter or nobody. They can't promise that much to Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: Nobody — Emmanuel Sanders is a distant possibility. 

San Diego Chargers: Donald Butler — Negotiations have dragged on. 

San Francisco 49ers: Nobody — Phil Dawson can't be tagged and they'd be paying too much for Anquan Boldin, Tarell Brown or Donte Whitner. 

Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett — Although Cliff Avril's strong finish and Richard Sherman's potential new deal could cause them to hold off. 

St. Louis Rams: Nobody — Rodger Saffold is a worst-case scenario tag, because they can't afford to lose him. But right tackles don't make a ton of sense with the tag. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nobody — Not enough talent. 

Tennessee Titans: Alterraun Verner — They can't afford to lose one of the best all-around corners in the game. 

Washington Redskins: Brian Orakpo — They need him, they might not want to extend him just yet, and they have the money for the tag. 

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.