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Redskins not expected to use franchise player tag

The Redskins are not expected to designate anyone their franchise player by today’s 4 p.m. deadline, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

By tagging one of their players who is scheduled to become a free agent, such as wide receiver Santana Moss, the Redskins could secure the rights to draft-pick compensation if he signed with another team. However, the Redskins would have to pay him a one-year franchise tender worth an average of the top-five salaries at his position in the NFL. In 2010, for example, the franchise tender amount for wide receivers was $9.5 million.

Whether the Redskins tag anyone might be a moot point. The concept of a franchise player likely will be a point of contention between the players union and the league if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached before the current one expires on March 4.

Article XX, Section 1 of the current CBA states that teams may designate one franchise player “each season during the term of this Agreement.” It appears, then, that if the CBA expires, so do the parameters of franchise players.