The Baltimore Ravens placed their franchise tag on running back Ray Rice on Friday.
“As we have in the past, placing the franchise designation on a player allows us to keep negotiating on a long-term contract. Our goal is to keep Ray Rice a Raven,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
The 25-year-old Rice led the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage, helping the Ravens win the AFC North title.
He was the only player in the NFL last season to amass more than 2,000 yards in offense, combining 1,364 yards on the ground with a team-leading 76 catches for 704 yards.
Another player that got tagged was safety Dashon Goldson of the 49ers.
The move by the NFC West champions Friday keeps Goldson off the free-agent market. The team will attempt to sign Goldson to a long-term deal, general manager Trent Baalke said.
A first-time Pro Bowler last season, Goldson and cornerback Carlos Rogers shared the team lead with six interceptions — a career-best for Goldson, San Francisco’s fourth-round draft pick in 2007 out of Washington.
The franchise tag number for safeties is expected to be about $6.2 million next season.
The Falcons placed their franchise tag on corner back Brent Grimes
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told WQXI-AM in Atlanta that the team wants to work out a long-term deal with the veteran cornerback, according to the Falcons’ website.
“Our feeling is, Brent Grimes is an excellent athlete with the ability to move, cover, break on the ball with some of the top corners in this league, and we feel comfortable with his abilities,” Dimitroff said, according to the report. “We’re encouraged about having him back.”
Grimes is only 5-foot-9 and was overlooked in the NFL draft, but he has become an established starter in the Falcons’ secondary and is known for his knack for making big plays.
Grimes, 28, has 13 career interceptions and was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team in 2010. He had just one pick last season but led the Falcons with 14 passes defended.