3. Josh Norman, CB, Carolina Panthers: Norman had impeccable timing with a breakout season in his contract year. With an emphasis on continuity and few concerns elsewhere in free agency, Carolina surely will look to care of its star cornerback. General manager Dave Gettleman hasn't tipped his hand on his plans for Norman but has said he's "not afraid" of using the franchise tag on players.
4. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: The passing game should be boosted by Kevin White's debut after a rookie season lost to injury, but Chicago can't afford to scrape by with Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal as its only other options at receiver. Jeffery's injury history is concerning, and having him play out a season on the tag would be a pricey hit. But losing a player with both impressive production and potential would make for an ugly investment strategy.
5. Cordy Glenn, OT, Buffalo Bills: At just 26, Glenn could spark serious interest for any team seeking an established left tackle. The Bills might not have much cap flexibility, but keeping Glenn should be a priority. Using the franchise tag could help prevent his asking price from exceeding their reach.
6. Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs: Safeties aren't always among the most highly pursued free agents, but Earl Thomas' performance for the Seattle Seahawks has shot up demand for players with extensive range. Berry could stand to benefit, as the comeback player of the year is a versatile defender who was a key part of Kansas City's late-season surge. Kansas City has other players hitting free agency, but team chairman Clark Hunt said the Chiefs would "do everything we can" to bring Berry back.
7. Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins' compensation might be one of the most interesting story lines in free agency. Turning to the franchise tag doesn't seem like an optimal tactic, as neither side needs to remain in wait-and-see mode after Cousins threw for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first full season as starter. General manager Scot McCloughan has said the franchise tag is an option but noted he prefers to have his starter back on a multiple-year deal.