Since the NFL instituted the franchise tag in 1993, the Buffalo Bills have used it five times.
Don’t look for them to employ it a sixth time Tuesday, when the league allows each team to apply the tag to one of its unrestricted free agents.
The reason? Simple. The Bills don’t have an unrestricted free agent worth tagging among the 18 players who are headed to that status this offseason.
The majority of those players are seen as backups and specialists. The best of the lot is cornerback E.J. Gaines, but the estimated one-year, guaranteed tag amount for his position is $15.2 million. That figures to be far too rich for a team with a projected $30 million under the cap.