Six NFLers tagged -- but not Bills' Jairus Byrd

Bills free safety Jairus Byrd celebrates his first half interception against the Jets at Ralph...

Bills free safety Jairus Byrd celebrates his first half interception against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Nov. 17, 2013. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:18 PM ET

Three more NFL players -- including Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo -- got tagged before Monday afternoon's deadline.

That makes it just six in all this year, two fewer than in 2013.

Four got slapped with a franchise tag, including Orakpo, and two with the seldom-used transition tag.

Here's the difference, simply and quickly.

First, the franchise tags. All four were all of the non-exclusive variety, meaning starting March 11 Orakpo, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and New York Jets placekicker Nick Folk are free to negotiate a long-term deal with any other team.

They won't get a sniff, however, because the compensation owed by the signing team to a tagged player's previous club is two first-round draft picks. Not even Graham is worth that.


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