Players who received the franchise tag, and notable players who didn't
Michael Bennett (TB): Bennett was the only candidate for the franchise tag in Tampa, but the Bucs decided against using it. They'll now bank on bringing back their 2012 leader in sacks (9.0) on a multi-year deal.
William Moore (ATL): The Falcons were not expected to use the franchise tag, but if they decided that they would, Moore was the frontrunner to receive it. After cutting several players to create plenty of cap room, the Falcons should be able to lock up Moore on a long-term deal.
Greg Jennings (GB): Rumors surfaced about a week ago that the Packers were considering cutting tight end Jermichael Finley and brining back Jennings via the franchise tag. It never seemed like a very realistic move, as Jennings would be making far too much money based on his 2012 production. He'll be one of the top free agent receivers on the market.
Wes Welker (NE): CSN New England has reported that Welker and the Patriots have made progress towards a new deal. If both sides are smart, they'll figure out a way to reunite.
Mike Wallace (PIT): The Steelers were never expected to bring Wallace back, but it's now official that one of the league's premier deep threats will hit the open market.
Glover Quin (HOU): Retaining Quin is reportedly the Texans' top priority this offseason, and considering the fact that the franchise tag salary for safeties is a very affordable $6.9 million, they must be very confident that they can work out a long-term deal.
Jared Cook (TEN): This comes as a bit of a surprise because many reports suggested Cook was a near lock to receive the franchise tag. Perhaps the fact that he planned to fight for the wide receiver franchise tag salary (rather than the salary for tight ends, which is what Cook is) made the Titans reluctant.
Dashon Goldson (SF): The Niners opted against tagging Goldson for the second straight season, and it's looking like that decision could cost them one of their top players in the secondary. Goldson is looking for about $8 million a year - top flight safety money - and he could probably get it. The 49ers, however, have not made much progress in contract negotiations with Goldson.