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NFC North Rundown: Franchise tag decisions begin this week

Allen Robinson is one of the division’s leading candidates to receive the designation as soon as this week.

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Tag, you’re it!

It is franchise tag season in the NFL, as today marks the first day of a two-week period that teams can place that designation on qualified players. Around the NFC North, there will be a few names to keep an eye on as soon as this week, particularly at the wide receiver position. Perhaps no name carries more weight than Allen Robinson, who may command somewhere around $18 million if the tag is placed on him. For Chicago, that cost may be worth it to keep the team’s number one receiver around a little longer while a new quarterback potentially enters the Windy City.

Today’s rundown looks a bit deeper into the decision on Robinson, while also scanning the rest of the division’s franchise tag considerations this week.

Detroit Lions

Glenn wants Okudah to focus on being his best, not trying to live up to No. 3 pick

The Lions’ new defensive coordinator helped groom Marshon Lattimore in New Orleans and will be looking to develop a similarly athletically gifted Okudah into a Pro Bowl-caliber player.

Lions can apply the franchise tag starting this week

Detroit has two leading candidates to use the team’s franchise tag designation on this offseason and as soon as this week.

Roundtable: How Big of a Downgrade Is Jared Goff from Matthew Stafford?

This multi-perspective piece offers not only an opinion or two on Goff’s replacement of Stafford, but also a number of thoughts on the Lions’ future of the defensive line.

Minnesota Vikings

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If you are trailing the Vikings after the third quarter, luck is probably not on your side.

Vikings can use the franchise tag starting this week. Will they?

Minnesota utilized its tag last offseason on one of its defensive players, but it appears unlikely the Vikings will do so again in 2021.

NFL Offseason Priority: Minnesota Vikings Must Upgrade Their Pass Rush

After spending draft capital at cornerback last offseason, expect the Vikings to turn their attention to the defensive line, which lost its most key contributors last season.

Chicago Bears

Will the Chicago Bears put the franchise tag on Allen Robinson? 6 things to know about the star receiver’s contract situation for 2021.

A lot of attention has been placed on the Bears adding a starting quarterback, but a major question mark involves the team’s ability to retain its most enticing target for that individual.

Bears 2021 free agency preview: Will Chicago re-sign versatile playmaker Cordarrelle Patterson?

Another decision this offseason will circle around the Bears’ most dynamic special teams player and a jack-of-all-trades on offense.

Going Old Could Be the Thing to Do

After losing out on Carson Wentz, the Bears could certainly target a trade for Deshaun Watson. However, could Chicago also look at four of the more experienced quarterbacks on the trade and free agency markets?