The deadline for the NFL franchise tag has been prolonged to Monday.
Seven groups — the Washington Redskins, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers — have already got determined to make use of the franchise tag, which binds the participant to the crew for one season. Franchise tag figures are primarily based upon the highest 5 salaries at every place.
This is a have a look at why the groups made the choice (gamers ranked so as of projected tag quantity):
Franchise tag wage: $19.three million
Profession highlights: Ngakoue is already second in franchise historical past with 37.5 sacks, and his 14 pressured fumbles since he entered the league in 2016 are greater than each participant besides Khalil Mack (17), Chandler Jones (17) and T.J. Watt (15) throughout that span.
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Why he was tagged: The Jaguars have been unable to work out a long-term deal final season, which led to Ngakoue skipping many of the voluntary exercises and OTAs and obligatory minicamp and holding out for 11 days initially of coaching camp. He received off to a gradual begin due to a hamstring damage however completed with eight sacks and 4 pressured fumbles in 2019. The thought was that the departure of Tom Coughlin (fired in December) would have made negotiations just a little simpler this offseason as a result of Ngakoue’s camp was angered by Coughlin’s reported choice to chop off negotiations final July after roughly a month of talks. Nevertheless, the edges made little, if any, progress and Ngakoue introduced on March 2 that he instructed the Jaguars he did not need to signal a long-term deal.
What he brings: The knock on Ngakoue is that he does not play the run effectively, however defensive coordinator Todd Wash has stated a number of occasions that is not true. Ngakoue is a tireless employee, relentless participant and disruptive rusher whose largest power is creating turnovers. Of the 12 defensive touchdowns the Jaguars have scored since 2016, Ngakoue is instantly chargeable for 5: a pick-six, a fumble return and three pressured fumbles on sacks that different gamers recovered for TDs. 4 of these got here in 2017, when the Jaguars made a stunning run to the AFC Championship Sport and he had one final season. — Michael DiRocco
Franchise tag wage: $18.5 million
Profession highlights: Inexperienced is a seven-time Professional Bowler who has been one of many NFL’s best receivers since he has been within the league.
Why he was tagged: Inexperienced did not play a single snap in 2019 after he tore a number of ankle ligaments in the course of the first follow of the preseason. It added to an damage historical past that has elevated over time. He has missed 23 of the previous 24 video games. The 2 sides have been unable to agree on a long-term deal earlier than the tag was positioned.
What he brings: When wholesome, Inexperienced is without doubt one of the league’s most dynamic receivers. And if the Bengals take Joe Burrow with the No. 1 general decide as anticipated, Inexperienced could possibly be a large asset to help the quarterback’s growth throughout his rookie season. The Bengals additionally want one other dynamic receiver to open up the passing assault. — Ben Child
Franchise tag wage: $16.three million
Profession highlights: Judon is one in all 4 NFL defenders to document not less than 150 tackles, 70 quarterback hits, 40 tackles for loss and 20 sacks since 2017. He reached his first Professional Bowl final season after main Baltimore with 9.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Why he was tagged: The Ravens’ prime precedence this offseason is to improve their cross rush, and the crew could not let one other edge rusher in his prime stroll away in free company like Za’Darius Smith did a 12 months in the past. Baltimore ranked 21st within the NFL final season with 37 sacks, its fewest since 2015. The tag was lengthy anticipated for Judon, however now the actual drama begins. Will the Ravens signal Judon to a long-term deal earlier than the July 15 deadline? Will they tag-and-trade him (maybe a swap for Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue)? Or will the Ravens simply use this as a one-year rental? Baltimore has a historical past of hanging big-money extensions with franchise gamers (the final 5 tagged landed long-term offers), however there is not any such certainty with Judon.
What he brings: Judon was the one constant pass-rusher on the Ravens final season. His 33 quarterback hits have been 23 greater than another Ravens participant in 2019. He’s additionally thought-about a extra all-around participant than the likes of Ngakoue, simply not as explosive. There are questions whether or not Judon is an elite pass-rusher. He is by no means recorded double-digit sacks in a single season. He did not make a sack final season when a part of a four-man rush (all got here on blitzes). However there is not any denying Judon’s manufacturing. He was one in all three defenders final season to whole 50 tackles, 9 sacks, 30 quarterback hits and Four pressured fumbles. The others have been Shaquil Barrett and T.J. Watt. — Jamison Hensley
Franchise tag wage: $16.1 million
Profession highlights: Scherff has made the Professional Bowl thrice, together with in 2019 regardless of lacking the ultimate 5 video games.
Why he was tagged: Scherff rejected a deal in the course of the season value a reported $13 million per 12 months, although it is unsure the way it was structured. However coach Ron Rivera considers Scherff a part of the core and the Redskins need to maintain negotiating with Scherff on a long-term deal. Due to his damage historical past — he has missed a mixed 13 video games the previous two seasons and hasn’t performed a full season since 2016 — the Redskins can provide Scherff safety. The Redskins already may must discover a new left deal with and probably a left guard, so they do not need to create one other gap. There’s safety in it for them, too.
What he brings: Consistency. Scherff has by no means made an All-Professional crew — many have stated he has that potential — however he is a wonderful guard. He can block with energy inside and likewise play in house, whether or not as a puller or on screens. That is the place he can separate himself from different guards. The Redskins haven’t got to fret about how he prepares or research. He is a no-nonsense participant. The danger, although, is whether or not his accidents from the previous two years — a torn pectoral in 2018 and elbow/shoulder accidents final season — will hinder his play sooner or later. — John Keim
Franchise tag wage: $15.5 million
Profession highlights: Jones led the Chiefs in sacks in every of the previous two seasons with 15.5 in 2018 and 9.zero final 12 months.
Why he was tagged: The edges could not agree on the phrases of a multiyear contract and Jones is just too productive for the Chiefs to let him stroll with out receiving some compensation. Jones may appeal to a commerce provide from a number of groups that not solely need a participant of Jones’ caliber however are additionally in higher monetary place than the Chiefs to fulfill his wage calls for. The Chiefs know the way such trades work. They participated in two trades involving franchise gamers final season, buying Frank Clark from the Seahawks and sending Dee Ford to the 49ers.
What he brings: Few gamers have Jones’ capability as an inside pass-rusher. Jones is a remarkably constant participant. In 2018, he set an NFL document with not less than one sack in 11 straight video games. He had a giant recreation in Tremendous Bowl LIV in opposition to the 49ers. He knocked down three of Jimmy Garoppolo’s passes and likewise received strain on Garoppolo that led to a second-quarter interception. Jones and Clark make for a pleasant pass-rush mixture that the Chiefs would moderately not break up. Jones may also be disruptive within the working recreation. — Adam Teicher
Franchise tag wage: $12.7 million
Profession highlights: His teammates believed he was one of many largest Professional Bowl snubs in within the league this previous season — he was voted second-team All-Professional — and final 12 months was simply his finest general effort in his profession. His athleticism and savvy are on show in each recreation, however one stands out for a lot of. As a rookie in 2016, he leapt over blockers in entrance of him to dam an additional level try in New Orleans and the Broncos returned it for a game-winning two-point conversion.
Why he was tagged: Not solely is Simmons one of many Broncos’ most versatile and ready gamers, he’s one in all their most energetic locally as effectively, given he was Denver’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Yr Award. He has performed each snap of the previous two seasons, topping 1,00zero in every of these years, and brought on quite a lot of roles, together with nickel cornerback when the protection has had accidents. He’s a type of gamers — on the sphere, within the locker room and locally — who, if he is not re-signed, different gamers need to marvel about their very own probabilities of getting a brand new deal down the street.
What he brings: Simmons had his finest general season in 2019, his first 12 months in Vic Fangio’s protection. His 4 interceptions have been a profession finest as have been his 15 passes defensed. He has the athleticism and route recognition capability to play deep in addition to the physicality to play alongside the road of scrimmage. He’s nonetheless an ascending participant as he enters his fifth 12 months, given he performed way more mistake-free this previous season because the Broncos performed a lot better task soccer general. — Jeff Legwold
Franchise tag wage: $11.1 million
Profession highlights: Henry produced single-season profession highs in 2019 with 55 receptions and 652 receiving yards. In three seasons, he ranks among the many prime 10 tight ends in Chargers historical past in receptions (136), yards (1,709) and landing catches (17).
Why he was tagged: Chargers normal supervisor Tom Telesco emphasised on the NFL scouting mix the significance of retaining Henry, who has developed right into a promising substitute for future Corridor of Fame tight finish Antonio Gates. Unable to come back to phrases on a long-term deal, utilizing the tag ensures that Henry won’t attain free company when the brand new league 12 months begins on Wednesday and that the Chargers can proceed to barter a long-term take care of him.
What he brings: Regardless of coping with a sequence of accidents, together with a knee damage that sidelined him for your complete 2018 season, Henry has proved himself as a helpful playmaker. He’s thought-about a menace as a run-blocker and a pass-catcher. His ability set and ensured future with the Chargers additionally may assist entice a potential quarterback because the Chargers stay within the hunt for a Philip Rivers substitute. — Lindsey Thiry