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The Oakland Raiders elected to not use their franchise tag

The Oakland Raiders elected to not use their franchise tag

Tuesday's deadline to use either the franchise tag or transition tag has come and gone with the Oakland Raiders electing to not use either one. This marks the third-straight offseason that general manager Reggie McKenize has chosen to not use it, since safety Tyvon Branch was designated the franchise tag in 2012. 

It doesn't come as much of a surprise given the Raiders' recent history with the franchise tag, coupled along with the fact that McKenzie didn't have many big-named free agents that he needs to keep close. Punter Marquette King seemed like a good choice, but he just signed a long-term deal Monday.

The next most viable option was left tackle Donald Penn, but the $13 million one-year deal may have been too expensive for McKenzie to pull the trigger on. There have also been numerous reports that the Raiders have ramped up their negotiations with Penn to get a long-term deal done, which would be beneficial for both sides. 

With the tag deadline come and gone, the Raiders can now focus on free agency now that they know who has been tagged and who will be a free agent when it opens up March 7. 

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