Brady Henderson ESPN
Tuesday marks the beginning of the two-week window in which teams can designate franchise (or transition) tag players, something the Seahawks haven't done since 2010 with kicker Olindo Mare. Sheldon Richardson is their only realistic candidate for the tag this year, though the cost may make that prohibitive. Losing Richardson in free agency would be a blow to a defensive line that may already be without a lot of firepower in 2018 with Cliff Avril and Malik McDowell both injured and Michael Bennett a candidate to be released. It's a matter of cost, though. The franchise tag for defensive tackles is projected at around $14.5 million. That would represent an increase of more than $6 million from what Richardson made in 2017, and it would eat up all of the cap space Seattle currently has available. Richardson had one sack and a handful of impact plays in 2017 as he adjusted to Seattle's 4-3 defense, something he admitted wasn't easy having played in a 3-4 his first four seasons. If the Seahawks end up tagging Richardson (or signing him to a long-term deal), this much will be clear: they expect greater production now that he has a full year in their defense under his belt.