Eight NFL players receive franchise tags

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NEW YORK -- The NFL deadline for placing franchise tags on players has passed, with only eight given the tag by their teams for next season.

Dallas linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer, Kansas City offensive tackle Branden Albert and Miami defensive tackle Randy Starks were the latest to be tagged on Monday.

The other tagged players are Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, Chicago defensive tackle Henry Melton, Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson, Denver offensive tackle Ryan Clady and Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee.

All eight are non-exclusive franchise players.

With the non-exclusive tag, his team has the right to match any offer sheet, or get two first-round draft picks in return for allowing him to leave.

Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

Last year, 21 players received the franchise tag.

Baltimore avoided using the franchise tag by re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million contract.

The free-agency signing period begins March 12.

Jets GM: Docs say Revis' rehab 'ahead of schedule'

NEW YORK -- Jets general manager John Idzik says doctors have indicated that Darrelle Revis is "ahead of schedule" in his rehabilitation from a knee injury, but he wouldn't address the cornerback's murky contract situation.

Idzik and coach Rex Ryan answered questions during a 30-minute conference call with season ticket holders Monday. Several were about Revis, who is recovering from knee surgery and has been the subject of rampant trade speculation. Ryan again denied the rumors, and Idzik would say only that the team's focus is on getting Revis healthy from ACL surgery.

Idzik wouldn't reveal plans for Tim Tebow, and appeared to hint that the quarterback could be in the mix at the position this offseason. But Tebow is still expected to be traded or released in the coming weeks.

Saturday expected to retire as Colts player

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Saturday will retire from the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.

There had been speculation from the moment Saturday said 2012 would be his final season in the league that the Colts would bring back their longtime center so he could retire with the team that brought him into the league. Team officials say Saturday will make the announcement Thursday at the Colts complex.

Saturday spent his first 13 seasons with the Colts before signing with Green Bay as a free agent last year. He and four-time MVP Peyton Manning and Saturday teamed up for an NFL record 170 starts for a quarterback-center duo during their time with the Colts.

Saturday also was a key player in finding a settlement to the NFL's lockout in 2011.

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