Agent: Bucs won't use franchise tag on G Joseph
The agent for Davin Joseph said he does not expect the Bucs to use their franchise tag on the Pro Bowl guard.
"I would be surprised if they used the franchise tag on Davin,'' said Ben Dogra, Joseph's agent. "I don't see that happening.''
Joseph and linebacker Barrett Ruud are the only Bucs' free agents that would even merit a discussion of using a franchise or transition player designation.
The franchise tag value for Joseph would be more than $10.1-million guaranteed on a one-year contract, the average salary of the top five players at his position.
A first-round pick in 2006 (23rd overall), Joseph missed the final five games of the season with a broken foot he suffered at Baltimore.
Re-signing the 6-foot-3, 313-pound Joseph is a priority for the Bucs this off-season. The team wants to continue to protect quarterback Josh Freeman and Joseph also is the club's best run blocker.
Ruud, the only player since Derrick Brooks to lead the team in tackles for four straight seasons, will likely be allowed to test the free agent market.
Teams have until Friday to designate franchise players, but the Bucs are not expected to do so.