He has switched and now considers a tag of Samuel to make more sense for the Patriots. I believe this matches the overall opinion of the board. I agree with his logic, there is simply no one behind him on the depth chart. Using the franchise tag is "the biggest no brainer in the history of the earth..." Best case - Franchise him - Work out a long-term deal. Good case A- Franchise him - Plays under franchise Good case B- Franchise him - If they can pickup players that they believe can replace him via the draft or free agency he can be traded. Worst case - They let him walk and have to scramble in free agency or the draft to replace him. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2007/02/franchise_analy.html "So while we initially thought that the underrated Graham -- perhaps the NFL's best blocking tight end -- might be a more likely option for the franchise tag at $4.3 million, we're calling an audible. After further review, the feeling here is that it would be an upset if Samuel wasn't tagged should he not sign an extension before Feb. 22."