A franchise tag could still be in the offing for free agents Cortland Finnegan and Vincent Jackson, according to Thursday updates from the 2012 Scouting Combine. Both free agents are potential targets for the St. Louis Rams.
Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster would not rule out using the franchise tag on cornerback Cortland Finnegan in his morning press conference from Indianapolis. Webster and the Titans are schedule to meet with Finnegan's agent on Friday.
Webster has a couple options from his 2011 roster for the tag. Safety Michael Griffin is also a free agent. The cost of tagging Finnegan is considerably higher than Griffin, $10.6 million versus $6.2 million. While the GM sounded a note of confidence for retaining Finnegan, head coach Mike Munchak was more reconciled to losing him.
"It is a puzzle we are working with," Munchak said. "We both want each other, but we have to work it out. But we have to consider all the things that could happen."
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner held out the possibility of using the tag to retain free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson. He noted that keeping Jackson on a year-to-year basis was not desirable, but the Chargers may not have a choice in order to keep a vertical dimension in their offense.
Jason LaCanfora reports that sources close to Jackson expect him to be franchised.