Mike Tice had made no bones how much he wanted TE Jim Kleinsasser to stay, but let no doubt this afternoon -- assigning the franchise tag to Kleinasser.
While both sides are meeting in Indianapolis to talk long-term contract, the franchise designation all but assures nobody else will get Kleinasser -- a franchise free agent costs two first-round draft picks.
VU will have a detailed followup in the early Friday update, as we track down sources to get more answers to why a player few teams would consider franchising was given the tag and whether it will be like franchise designations past -- short and never used.
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