Bears will not use franchise tag

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 02/11/2011, 04:50pm

The Bears will not use their franchise tag on any player this offseason.

The deadline to use the tag is later this month, although much is in doubt with the current CBA set to expire March 4.

The franchise tag requires a team to pay a player a one-year salary that’s equal to the average of the top five highest paid at the position. The Bears are one of the more proactive teams, in terms of re-signing and rewarded their own players.

But the Bears have used the franchise tag only once since 2001, on linebacker Lance Briggs in 2007.

The Bears have more than a dozen free agents but none who would merit the franchise tag.