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Tag, You're Not It!

Tag, You're Not It!

Will Cincinnati franchise-tag cornerback Johnathan Joseph or running back Cedric Benson? Don't bet on it. Joseph also could be too expensive for a long-term deal. But the Bengals may elect not to tag Benson, then sign him. And there is precedent for something like that happening.

With the franchise tag estimated to be in the price range of $14-$15 million for cornerbacks and $8-$9 million for running backs, it's difficult to image the Bengals tagging either Johnathan Joseph or Cedric Benson. The franchise tag amount is determined by the average salary of the top five at that position group. The deadline for teams to declare which players they want to tag is Thursday. If...

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