March 3 – Franchise Tagging Deadline
Prior to 4:00 p.m. EST, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
Cowboys Angle: The rumor around the blogosphere is the Cowboys might be interested in tagging 31-year old free agent defensive tackle Jason Hatcher. “Hatch” is coming off a career year recording 41 total tackles and 11.0 sacks in 2013. It will cost Dallas $8.45 million to keep the first time Pro Bowl around in 2014. And with the team an estimated $31 million over the salary cap earlier this year, the Cowboys front office will have to do a lot of shuffling to make that happen.
Side note: Only eight NFL players were franchise tagged in 2013.