Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline for use of the franchise player and transition player tag came and went, and the Redskins elected not to use the designations on any of their impending free agents.

The Redskins have 18 players with expiring contracts. The free agent signing period begins on March 12.

The team used the franchise tag to retain tight end Fred Davis last season. But with Davis coming off of a torn Achilles’ tendon, it wasn’t believed that he would be tagged again.

The Redskins can continue to negotiate with their own free agents in hopes of reaching agreements with them.