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Which NFL Free Agents Received a Franchise Tag?

Now that the franchise tag deadline has passed, take a look at the best players in the free-agent market according to

The official start to NFL free agency is finally within sight.

Just eight days from now, on March 9, the freenzy will begin with the San Francisco 49ers expected to have the fifth-most salary-cap space of any team.

But before the 49ers can bolster their roster, other clubs were given the opportunity to prevent one of their marquee players from hitting the open market.

Tuesday marked the final day teams could place the franchise or transition tag on an impending free agent. A total of 10 players were hit with the distinctions, meaning that in all likelihood they will remain with their current club for the 2016 season. For more information on the differences between the tags, go here.

According to, eight of its top 12 free-agents-to-be were hit with one of the tags. View the gallery at the start of this page for a list of the remaining top free agents in 2016.

Below are the teams that used the tags and which players received them.

1. Denver Broncos – Von Miller, outside linebacker – exclusive franchise tag

2. Carolina Panthers – Josh Norman, cornerback – non-exclusive franchise tag

3. New York Jets – Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive end – non-exclusive franchise tag

4. Chicago Bears – Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver – non-exclusive franchise tag

5. Miami Dolphins – Olivier Vernon, defensive end – transition tag

6. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Berry, safety – non-exclusive franchise tag

7. Washington Redskins – Kirk Cousins, quarterback – non-exclusive franchise tag

8. Buffalo Bills – Cordy Glenn, offensive tackle – non-exclusive franchise tag

9. Los Angeles Rams – Trumaine Johnson, cornerback – non-exclusive franchise tag

10. Baltimore Ravens – Justin Tucker, kicker – non-exclusive franchise tag

Another player who won't switch teams is Sam Bradford, who signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

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