With the Seattle Seahawks signing the team's prime target for a franchise tag designation to a multi-year deal in Marshawn Lynch on Sunday, for the second straight year Seattle will not use the franchise tag designation.
The Seahawks had two possible targets for the franchise tag in defensive end Red Bryant and tight end John Carlson.
Seattle would like to keep both players, but the projected franchise tag of $10.4 is more than the Seahawks would like to pay for a year's salary for Bryant, even though the team values his contribution and leadership on defensive.
And with Zach Miller already signed to a lucrative, long-term deal, the Seahawks were not willing to bring back Carlson at a projected franchise price tag of $5.4 million for tight ends. However, Seattle likely will continue to pursue Carlson once the free agency period begins on March 13th.