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Rams do not use franchise tag in 2019

What was expected is now official, as the Rams have not used the franchise tag in 2019.

The deadline to tag a player was 1 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday.

This is the first time since 2015 that the Rams have not utilized the tag. L.A. franchised cornerback Trumaine Johnson in 2016 and 2017 before tagging safety Lamarcus Joyner in 2018.

Before general manager Les Snead said at the NFL Combine last week that the Rams weren't planning on using the franchise tag this year, Joyner and outside linebacker Dante Fowler were analysts popular picks as candidates for it. But now, each of the players slated to become unrestricted free agents — including other starters like defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and left guard Rodger Saffold — are all going to hit the open market provided none strike a deal with the Rams before the new league year.

Free agency will officially begin on March 13, with the "legal tampering" period where teams and agents may negotiate starting on March 11.

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