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Key NFL dates: Teams can apply franchise tag on Wednesday, do Seahawks have any candidates?

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Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

On Valentine’s Day, NFL teams can sign players whose CFL contracts have expired, which makes it perhaps the least notable day of the league year? Maybe the Seattle Seahawks will show interest to Calgary’s Derek Dennis, who was just named as the best offensive lineman in the CFL (they did find Brandon Browner there after all) but most likely the day will just come and go. It’s a day for a red heart, not a red leaf, am I right?

No? Okay.

But on February 15, teams can apply a franchise or transition tag on one of their players who is set to be a free agent. The likely players around the NFL to get tagged are Kawann Short of the Carolina Panthers, Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals, Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dont’a Hightower of the New England Patriots, Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, and potentially a few more (Melvin Ingram, Alshon Jeffery, Terrelle Pryor).

Do the Seahawks have any candidates for either tag? No, not really.

At one time it seemed like maybe kicker Steven Hauschka could get the tag, but he had six extra points missed or blocked, and the team signed Blair Walsh last week. Their other biggest name free agents are Luke Willson and Tony McDaniel, neither of whom would get tagged.

The next big day of the league year will be February 28, when the NFL Scouting Combine begins in Indianapolis. Other than that, the next two weeks could be pretty boring as far as Seattle news. Who knows though, anything could happen.