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Players most likely to receive Franchise Tag: Any Raiders worthy?

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How many times have you heard that in the NFL ‘there is no offseason'? They're still replacing Beyonce's heel divits from Levi's field and cleaning up confetti from the stands after Super Bowl 50 and the NFL is already in gear preparing for the 2016 season.

The first step is the business of franchise tags. There are some high profile superstar NFL players set to hit free agency, most of whom aren't going anywhere.

Today begins the window of time teams will have to decide whether to slap their favorite players with the Franchise Tag. They will first try to sign them long term, of course, making the Franchise Tag a last resort in most instances.

Sometimes it's the first resort for a player who hasn't performed at an elite level for long enough to earn a long term deal. The tag allows them the opportunity to see if the player can have a repeat performance and then revisit contract talks the following year.

Do the Raiders have a player that would be worth a franchise tag? Perhaps. Though there is just one player who begs the question; Punter Marquette King

King has played himself into one of the top punters in the NFL. He comes into the offseason as the Raiders' top priority to re-sign after having already extended Michael Crabtree's contract during the season.

Along with King's performance on the field, his position as a punter makes his tag number negligible. Punters and kickers are expected to have a cap figure of about $4.5 million this season. And the Raiders, who currently have around $70 million in cap space, can certainly afford that number.

Then again, Reggie McKenzie has only used the franchise tag once -- on Tyvon Branch -- in his first year as GM in 2012. He hasn't used it once in his last three opportunities to do so. The most notable time was 2014 when he could have used the Franchise Tag (or transition tag) on left tackle Jared Veldheer and did not. So, I would not expect McKenzie to do so to keep a punter, though that low cap figure keeps it in the realm of possibility.

It would be much easier just to sign King long term with upfront money just as he has everyone else, which could give him the same money for this season as he would have gotten with the tag, except with some friendlier numbers in future seasons.

The Raiders originally signed King as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2012 season. He had potential with a booming leg but was still very raw at the time. They invested in him and it has paid dividends, with him improving every season since taking over for the departed Shane Lechler in 2013. King seems to really enjoy being a Raider and I would expect they can work out a long term deal soon.

There are no other free agents upon whom the team would even consider placing a Franchise Tag.

Those players from across the league who are expected to receive the franchise tag should they not agree to a long term deal are as follows:

Von Miller, LB, Broncos
Josh Norman, CB, Panthers
Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Jets
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Cordy Glenn, OT, Bills
Other possibilities:
Eric Berry, S, Chiefs
Olivier Vernon, DE, Dolphins
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington
Sam Bradford, QB, Eagles
Andre Smith, OT, Bengals
Justin Tucker, K, Ravens