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Colts Do Not Use Franchise Tag In 2018

For a 5th straight year, the Colts decided not to use their franchise tag.

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s no surprise, but the Colts did not use their franchise tag this offseason.

This marks the 5th straight year the Colts elected to not tag one of their players. Pat McAfee in 2013 is the last Colts player to be tagged.

Per the NFL, the tag keeps a pending unrestricted free agent on his team for one year with a guaranteed salary that is an average of the top five highest paid players at that position or 120% of the player’s previous salary, whichever is greater.

Under that criteria, the Colts really had no serious option for the tag.

Not using the tag means the Colts have 8 days until free agency starts to try and re-sign these free agents:

  • WR-Kamar Aiken
  • ILB-Jon Bostic
  • S-Darius Butler
  • CB-Pierre Desir
  • CB-Rashaan Melvin
  • OG-Jack Mewhort
  • RB-Christine Michael
  • OLB-Barkevious Mingo
  • WR-Donte Moncrief
  • C-Mike Person
  • QB-Scott Tolzien
  • TE-Brandon Williams

The team has already made decisions on two of their 2018 free agents.

They re-signed 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri and informed Frank Gore they would not be looking to re-sign him.

Free agency begins on Wednesday, March 14th.


With the Colts now off for summer vacation, let’s try and trim down the 90-man roster to 53 guys ahead of Training Camp.
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