CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirms that the 49ers will not use the franchise tag before today's deadline.
They'll risk losing NT Aubrayo Franklin, and perhaps FS Dashon Goldson. Franklin expressed a desire earlier this month to test the free agent waters, and the 49ers weren't happy with his decision to sit out all last offseason and training camp after receiving the tag. Tagging Franklin again would've given him a 120-percent raise over his 2010 franchise salary.
Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter
Feb 24, 11:01 AM