The franchise tag deadline went by at 4 p.m. Monday and the Falcons elected to keep theirs stuffed in their back pocket this offseason.
Falcons strong safety William Moore, who made his first trip to the Pro Bowl after last season, didn’t seem to mind that he wasn’t tagged. If tagged, Moore could have played next season for the Falcons at $6.912 million, which is the average of the top five players at his position. Here's is Willy Mo's appearance on D-Block. He can rap a little bit.
“It’s a difficult thing to even sit and think about, but it’s a good problem to have at the same time,” Moore said during an interview on the Movin’ The Chains show on SiriusXM radio with Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan. “This whole experience, I’ve heard that it was going to be mind boggling and what not, but at the same I’ve got to be patient.”
The Falcons used their franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes last season. He was paid $10.2 million.
Buffalo placed the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd. He was the lone safety of the eight players around the NFL to receive the tag.
“This whole entire process is basically just knowing your value and where you want to stand as a player,” Moore said. “Where you are pitching yourself at. It’s not (anything) personal. I just want to know my value and get to where I’m going and continue to (grow) as a player.”
It is Moore’s understanding that the Falcons and his agent, Andrew Ross of Octagon, are in negotiations that could keep him from hitting the open market on March 12.
“I’ve had talks with my agents. . . .they are in great negotiations,” Moore said. “I hope to get it closed soon. I love the Atlanta Falcons. They gave me an opportunity to be blessed and come into the NFL and be a part of this great organization.”