Wednesday March 2nd, 2016

By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

The NFL franchise tag deadline was Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET and several teams applied the tag to their star players before they could reach free agency. 
 
See the full list of players to receive a franchise tag here
 
Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.
 
• Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford didn’t receive the franchise tag, but he did reach a two-year, $36 million deal with the team. Of that money, $26 million is guaranteed.
 
• The Green Bay Packers gave kicker Mason Crosby a new contract for four years, $16 million, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
 
• The Buffalo Bills announced the release of three players Tuesday, including defensive end Mario Williams. The team saved nearly $13 million by cutting Williams. The other players released were guard Kraig Urbik and running back Boobie Dixon.
 
 
• The Dallas Cowboys are expected to release cornerback Brandon Carr, reports Yahoo! Sports.
 
• Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning still wants to play, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
 
• Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung will represent himself during contract negotiations, he announced Tuesday. 
 
• Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews told South Florida radio station WQAM that he “would love” to return to the Dolphins as at least the No. 2 wideout.
 
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• The Ravens reached a multi-year deal with linebacker Albert McClellan, reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun

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