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NFL franchise tag tracker: Which players were tagged in 2020?

first_imgThe deadline for NFL teams to place a franchise tag on a player and keep him from free agency has come and gone. Teams waited until the last few days to make final decisions due to possible changes in the new collective bargaining agreement. The rules surrounding the franchise tag largely stayed the same, but teams can now only give out one tag total per season. The franchise tag allows a team to keep a player on a top-dollar contract for one year. The player can play out that contract or the two sides can agree to a multiyear contract by July 15.  Matthew Judon, EDGE, RavensTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $15.8The Ravens tagged Judon on March 13 to ensure their team leader in sacks didn’t hit the open market. Many have suspected Baltimore might trade Judon instead of spending the money to sign him long term. Last season, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Dee Ford and then traded him to the 49ers for a second-round pick. The Chiefs also gave up a first-round pick to acquire Frank Clark from the Seahawks after he was tagged. The same scenario could play out for Judon. MORE: What, exactly, is the franchise tag?13 players received the non-exclusive franchise tag, meaning players can negotiate elsewhere but the team that applied the tag can match any other team’s offer. If the original team doesn’t match the offer, it receives two first-round picks. The Cowboys placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott, meaning he is unable to negotiate with other teams. Kenyan Drake received the transition tag from the Cardinals, which means other teams can offer Drake a contract but the Cardinals have the right to match it, although they don’t receive any compensation if they choose not to.Sporting News tracked the players who received the franchise tag in 2020.Derrick HenryTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $10.3 millionThe Titans weren’t about to let the NFL’s most dominant runner and reigning rushing champion walk and drain the lifeblood of their offense. He was a no-brainer tag once Tannehill was locked down. Henry will eventually get around $15-$16 million a season when the long-term deal goes down this summer, matching or surpassing what the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott got.Dak PrescottTag: ExclusiveProjected cost: $31.5 millionThe Cowboys needed to get their place-holder in before the tag deadline. Although it seems Prescott and the team should have had a deal by now, this buys time into the summer to give him his bank-breaking long-term deal. He’s their unquestioned franchise QB for many more seasons. Dallas simply got an extension on the extension until July 15.Leonard Williams, DE, GiantsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $16.1 millionThe Giants had to do this after trading multiple picks to get him from the Jets last midseason. Williams is a solid player for their 3-4 scheme, but he was well short of spectacular during his short stint. They’re paying him thinking he’ll do more with additional help in a better group for new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.Anthony Harris, S, VikingsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $11.4 millionMinnesota got aggressive with other defensive cuts (Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes) and a big Cousins restructure to ensure it had enough room to keep Harris roaming around and making big plays next to Harrison Smith in the secondary. Again, like Simmons, the price tag was too favorable not to bring him back at a key position for Mike Zimmer’s defense.Shaquil Barrett, Edge, BuccaneersTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $15.83The Bucs stole Barrett in last year’s free agency when he moved on from the Broncos. He led the league with 19.5 sacks, excelling in the 3-4 scheme of Todd Bowles. He was worthy to go from bargain to splurge as he turns only 28 in November.Kenyan Drake, RB, CardinalsTag: TransitionProjected cost: $8.5 millionArizona made the questionable midseason trade for Drake, only to see him take control of the backfield and take off as an explosive, productive runner in Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme after being underused in Miami. it’s a bonus the Cardinals were also able to move David Johnson.Joe Thuney, OG, PatriotsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $14.8 millionThis was surprising for sure as everyone expected New England to let Thuney walk with limited cap space, especially if it could possibly bring back Tom Brady. But Thuney is an absolute force and an asset who keeps the strength of the Patriots’ power running game intact.A.J. Green, WR, BengalsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $17.9 millionGreen missed all of last season with an ankle injury and he is going into his age 32 season. Although he presumably will remain a key veteran target for Joe Burrow, $18 million is a lot to invest in one aging, recovering player, despite his pedigree and high level of past success.Chris Jones, DT, ChiefsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $16.1The Chiefs have enough room to keep Jones and also work on that extension for Patrick Mahomes. Jones is indispensable to their defense and is almost as key to their chances to repeat as Super Bowl champions.Bud Dupree, OLB, SteelersTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $15.8 millionDupree did have a career-high 11.5 sacks last season and might have been hard to replace, but the Steelers are a bit cap-stapped and could have let him walk and found a fair replacement in the draft. They chose not to mess around with their pass-rush mojo, however.Brandon Scherff, RG, RedskinsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $14.8 millionWashington placed the franchise tag on Scherff on Saturday. Scherff will play the 2020 season on a one year contract after a long term extension wasn’t agreed upon. The former No. 5 overall pick out of Iowa has made the Pro Bowl in three of his first five seasons but has also struggled with injury, missing 21 games over the last three seasons. The two sides can still negotiate a contract extension until July 15, but it remains to be seen if a deal will get done. Scherff is one of the best guards in the league and will come with a hefty price tag.  The team is already down another Pro Bowl offensive linemen after Trent Williams didn’t play in 2019 due to disagreements with the team’s medical staff, so it makes sense the Redskins ensure they don’t lose another.Hunter Henry, TE, ChargersTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $10.6 millionThe Chargers didn’t want to let Henry get away for nothing. Philip Rivers is done in Los Angeles, but whoever is under center next for the Chargers could use a threat at tight end like Henry. He missed the entire 2018 season because of an injury and wasn’t able to stay healthy in 2019, either. Still, he had 55 catches for 652 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games last year. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, JaguarsTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $17.8 millionThe franchise tag for Ngakoue will eat up half of Jacksonville’s projected $34 million in cap space, but the Jaguars seem to think it’s worth it. They selected Ngakoue in the third round in 2016, and he has turned into a huge success with 37.5 sacks in 63 games. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said after the season that signing Ngakoue to an extension was “priority No. 1,” but Ngakoue announced on Twitter that the Jaguars know he doesn’t have an interest in re-signing with them and “looks forward to continuing my career somewhere else.” The Jaguars have holes all over the field; losing Ngakoue would obviously create another one.Justin Simmons, S, BroncosTag: Non-exclusiveProjected cost: $11.4 millionBroncos president John Elway said the franchise tag is just a “placeholder” until the team can agree on a long term deal with Simmons. The franchise tag for a safety is roughly $12.7 million, according to Over The Cap, which will be a big jump from the $2 million Simmons made in 2019. Simmons took a big leap last season, grabbing a career-high four interceptions and recording 15 passes defended on his way to a second-team All-Pro selection. last_img


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