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NFL Franchise Tags May Become Another Contentious Labor Issue
Published February 1, 2011
March 4 of this year, however, would also be the first day for the league and players without a CBA if the two sides cannot reach agreement on a new deal. The NFLPA has taken the position, sources said, that the NFL cannot tag players because the tag is a term and condition for employment under the next CBA, which has not yet been negotiated. NFL officials, in a press conference with reporters late last month, indicated that clubs will still be able to use the franchise tag on top players.