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NFLPA questions validity of franchise tags Craig Thomas

The NFL has advised teams that they can use franchise tags on players this year, even with the uncertain labor situation.

The NFLPA doesn’t agree.

“We have received reports that the NFL is advising clubs that they can place a franchise tag on players whose contracts will expire at the end of the 2010 league year,” the NFLPA said in a memo. “The current CBA provides that ‘each club shall be permitted to designate one of its players who would otherwise be an Unrestricted Free Agent [or Restricted Free Agent] as a Franchise Player each season during the term of this Agreement.’ The 2011 season is not a “season during the term of this Agreement” so the NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011.

“If you have had any discussions with clubs about their intent to use the Franchise designation for the 2011 season please contact the NFLPA to discuss this matter. Meanwhile, we will make sure that the rights of any players improperly designated will be protected.”

Jets’ free agent inside linebacker David Harris is a player who might get tagged.