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Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant could end up with franchise tag

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The NFL wide receiver market could be an interesting one this season. The two biggest names could be franchised, which opens the door for the next group of receivers.

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One of the more notable free agents on the San Francisco 49ers roster is wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The assumption of many is that he will not return in 2015. Trent Baalke has said the team will meet with Crabtree's agent this week in Indianapolis, so negotiations are at least happening in some sense. However, the market for Crabtree is a little difficult to figure out right now.

The market will not be fully settled until we see what the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys do with Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, respectively. Both players are free agents, and there has been talk one or both teams could use the franchise tag. John Elway confirmed Thomas could get it if the two sides could not come to an agreement. The Cowboys have not stated their plan, but it sounds like a very real possibility.

If Thomas and Bryant do not hit the market, the top of the free agent class would include guys like Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith, Jeremy Maclin, and of course Crabtree. For the entire group, franchise tags or extensions for Thomas and Bryant could help boost the market a bit for each of them. Of course, if one or both of Thomas and Bryant hit the market, their previous teams would find themselves in the market for replacements. It's safe to say, the wide receiver market could be fascinating to track this year.