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Seattle Seahawks unlikely to put franchise tag on Sheldon Richardson

By The Sports Xchange
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) leaps to bring down Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter on December 3, 2017 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) leaps to bring down Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter on December 3, 2017 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

The Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to use a franchise tag on defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, according to a published report.

Richardson, acquired from the New York Jets just prior to the 2017 season, is coveted by the Seahawks, NFL.com reported, but not at the $14 million salary he would receive with the franchise tag.

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Seattle has used the franchise tag on a player only once since Pete Carroll has been head coach -- and that was back in 2010, when it was applied to kicker Olindo Mare.

Carroll said during his season-ending news conference that it would be "huge" to have Richardson return to the team.

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Richardson started 15 games for the Seahawks last season, registering 44 tackles and a career-low one sack. He spent the previous four seasons with the Jets, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2014.

Seattle paid a hefty price to bring Richardson to the Pacific Northwest, sending wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft pick to New York.

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The deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag on a player is March 6.

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