A Look at Five Players Who Got the Franchise Tag This Year
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 2, 2016, 12:00 PM (EST)|
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Unique to the NFL, the franchise tag allows teams to keep key players with whom they were unable to work out long-term deals from hitting the free agency market…at least for a year. Yesterday was the 2016 franchise tag deadline, so it only seems appropriate to spend this morning talking about the top five players who got tagged for the upcoming season.
1. Denver Broncos LB Von Miller
Miller, sacker extraordinaire and Super Bowl 50 MVP, wasn’t ever going to get far from John Elway’s grasp this offseason. The Broncos unsurprisingly slapped Miller with the franchise tag yesterday when it became apparent that a long-term deal wasn’t going to be worked out just yet. The team has every intention of coming to an agreement with Miller and his agents as soon as possible, however.
2. Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman
Norman had a breakout year in 2015, helping to lead his team to a Super Bowl 50 appearance. There wasn’t much chance of the Panthers organization letting him walk, but with a long-term deal not yet finalized, franchise tagging Norman was the best option as of yesterday. The team and Norman’s agents will continue to work toward a contract that will keep him in Charlotte for the foreseeable future.
3. Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker
Tucker is among the league’s top kickers, so losing him wasn’t really an option for the Ravens organization. The team is allegedly still working towards a long-term deal with Tucker, but will gladly pay his franchise tender if terms can’t be reached. Fortunately, this year’s franchise tag number for kickers is $4.572 million, which is a fair rate for a player of Tucker’s caliber at this position.
4. Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins
Cousins, who has made $2.5 million over the last four seasons, has already agreed to play for his $19.953 million franchise tender during the upcoming season. I would too if I were him. This was a smart move by the ‘Skins (and I don’t say that often). Using the franchise tag on Cousins will give them a chance to make sure he can maintain the same level of play they saw in 2015 before they sign him to a longer contract.
5. Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery has dealt with some injury issues over the course of the past few seasons, but he’s still proven to be a productive member of the Bears’ offense. It was no surprise when the team slapped him with the franchise tag, as a long-term deal doesn’t seem anywhere near happening. The odds of Jeffery playing for his $14.599 million franchise tender in 2016-2017 are extremely high.