Patriots Decide Not To Use Franchise Tag

Derek Havens
March 03, 2014 at 04:36pm ET

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The Patriots did not place the franchise tag on CB Aqib Talib by Monday's deadline.
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The NFL Franchise Tag deadline has come and gone. The New England Patriots decided not to use the franchise tag on Monday, paving the way for Aqib Talib to become a free agent.

All in all, six players were hit with a tag by Monday's deadline. --

Franchise Tag: Jimmy Graham (Saints), Nick Folk (Jets), Brian Orakpo (Redskins), Greg Hardy (Panthers)

Transition Tag: Alex Mack (Browns), Jason Worilds (Steelers)

With NFL Free Agency beginning on Mar. 11 -- on Mar. 8 teams are allowed to talk with players -- cornerback Aqib Talib, wide receiver Julian Edelman and the rest of the Patriots free agents will hit the market in about a week. This does not rule out the team agreeing to terms with one of their players, though.

Earlier Monday morning, the Miami Dolphins signed cornerback Brent Grimes to a four-year deal, worth up to $32 million with $16 million guaranteed. This deal seems to have set the market for a guy like Talib.

For now, fans and analysts are in wait-and-see mode, but all eyes are on Talib as the off-season continues.

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