Report: Eagles won’t use the franchise tag this offseason

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 27: Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (23) is carted off the field after an injury during the first half of the National Football League game between the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles on November 27, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bevy of free agent-related questions to answer this offseason and without a ton of cap space at their disposal, many fans have pondered whether or not the franchise tag will come into play. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that won’t be the case.

The deadline for franchise/transition tags is set for today at 4PM, giving the Eagles just a single afternoon to try and make a fairly complex decision.

With 20 players set to hit the open market, there are a few who could realistically be tagged. From Javon Hargrave and James Bradberry, to Penn State product, Miles Sanders, there will undoubtedly be some tricky calls facing Eagles GM Howie Roseman.

What does this mean for Eagles DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson?

The one player who has been linked to a potential franchise tag above anyone else has been Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. The Eagles acquired him in a trade last offseason in what may well go down as one of the biggest daylight robberies in recent memory.

CJGJ rapidly became a leader on defense, leading the NFL in picks despite missing a few games, while breaking up 8 passes and coming up with some huge plays while the Eagles battled injuries in the nickel. His versatility was an integral part of the Super Bowl run, and at only 25 years old, he’s going to fetch some money this offseason. It just comes down to whether that’s in Philly or elsewhere.

(Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire