Franchise Player?

VU has been told that the Vikings have slapped the franchise tag on Jim Kleinsasser this afternoon.

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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