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Instead of using franchise tag, Patriots are expected to try to sign players

Some thoughts on the Patriots deciding not to use the franchise or transition tag for the first time since 2008, which was expected:

— With only eight franchise tags being issued league-wide, that’s further evidence that most front offices think the supply will outweigh the demand this year on the free-agent market. The franchise tags are just too rich at several positions, specifically receiver and cornerback;

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