Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour and New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork were among six players who received the franchise tag from their NFL teams.
Green Bay defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, San Francisco defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin and kickers Olindo Mare of Seattle and Jeff Reed of Pittsburgh also were on the list.
Seymour was the only one to be designated an exclusive franchise player, which means he cannot negotiate with other teams when free agency begins at 9:01 p.m. next Thursday.
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Pittsburgh agreed to a deal with nose tackle Casey Hampton. … NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith spent about 1 hour, 40 minutes working on a new collective bargaining agreement, then left without saying a word. … Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt agreed to a contract through 2013.
Top-seed Venus Williams rallied from down four games in the third set to beat qualifier Laura Pous Tio of Spain, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the Mexican Open in Acapulco. … Cyclists competing in the 2012 Giro d’Italia could start the race by weaving around the monuments of Washington, D.C. This year’s edition of the Giro will start in the Netherlands, then cyclists will fly to Italy for the remainder of the competition.
McClatchy news services