Clearly you are taking the word naive personally. It was not my intent to offend. Interestingly I don't recall stating you were personally being naive. So I have to assume your being defensive about it must mean that you don't think the team tagging Kirk with the sole clear purpose of just trying to get something out of him like a commodity will negatively impact free agents decisions. So I mean this as an honest question - how do you get there? What makes you think it will have little to no impact? I am just not sure how you can come to that conclusion. What you are saying is that free agents that are on the open market will not care much if at all that the team played loose with the rules to try and strong arm him into helping them after a clearly contentious relationship (regardless of who anyone thinks is at fault hopefully we can all agree that the relationship is not good).
I still do not agree Alex is a good example as he was not a FA and he made the decision negotiate without knowing for sure that the team would tag Kirk a third time even if he agrees to a long term deal and the trade. There is no way he could have because none of it had happened yet. So again, it's a completely different dynamic.
For your second - you are putting two things together that do not go together due to timing. Yes, it was clear from the day they tagged him last year and did not come to an agreement for a LTD that a 3rd tag was an option. However, up until the team agreed to the Alex trade in principal (not technically done till the season starts) that tag was to keep Kirk as the starting QB. While that does turn some players off a little, the tag stigma is going away some, especially seeing how Kirk and his agent were able to manipulate the tag in their favor. However, once they agreed to a trade for Alex, that whole dynamic changed. There is no way many if any saw that coming. Anyone who did, good on them. So to just say anyone not seeing the tag as a possibility over simplifies the situation. You have to separate before the Alex trade and after as now the tag would just be to strong arm Kirk with no intention to keep him on the team as it's clear at least right now he wants to hit free agency. Other teams have done a tag and trade but they had the player being tagged support. The Redskins do not have that support from Kirk,
The last thing - I am really not sure where you are going with that. I will take a guess that maybe you are stating that everyone believes the team did not take a real run at Kirk and it has not impacted Fee Agents? I mean that's a huge stretch, but it's honestly the only thing I can see. I am virtually certain that players noticed how the team treated Kirk. Honestly, some will not like it, others will not care, and some may even say hey they just trying to win. But up until now nothing has had th appearance of being spiteful - maybe to some but it should not. Dumb? Yes. Poorly calculated? Yes. But malicious? No. I believe a tag now will be seen by most players as malicious and spiteful. To think it will not have impact of very little impact I believe is a mistake.