Healthy L.J. Smith gets Eagles' franchise tag

Updated: February 7, 2008, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Tight end L.J. Smith, who was scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the month, was given the franchise tag by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

Thursday marked the first day of the offseason that teams could use the tag. Although Smith can receive offers from other teams, the tag gives the Eagles seven days to match. A team signing him would have to give up two first-round picks as compensation.

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