On Tuesday, the NFL’s franchise and transition tagging window opened up, allowing teams to use one tag to protect an impending free agent. Teams have until the official start of free agency (4:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, March 13th) to make those decisions, but over the next few weeks we will likely learn about many players being tagged.
For example, ESPN’s Adam Schefter started off the tag frenzy with a list of ten players who his sources suggested could be tagged before the deadline:
Starting today and until March 5, there could be at least 10 players receiving some form of a tag: DeMarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, Dee Ford, Frank Clark, Gardy Jarrett, Landon Collins, Nick Foles, Le’Veon Bell, Donovan Smith, Robbie Gould and Stephen Gostkowski, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 19, 2019
That may not be an exhaustive list, however, and similarly some of those players are sure to not receive a tag. Still, it’s a good starting point when looking at who might be good tag candidates. In addition, click here for a good breakdown of the three different tag options that are available to teams.
Over the next few weeks, APC will keep you updated on any tag-related news here, especially as anything relates to the Green Bay Packers. The Packers will not tag anyone this year, as there are no players who appear worthy of the high price tags that will come with them.
Full list of Franchise Tagged players
- DE Frank Clark (Seahawks)
- OLB Jadeveon Clowney (Texans)
- OLB Dee Ford (Chiefs)
- DT Grady Jarrett (Falcons)
- DE Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys)
Cowboys - DE DeMarcus Lawrence: TAGGED 3/4
The Cowboys may decide to tag Lawrence for a second straight season, in the hopes of finally signing him to a long-term contract. So far, however, they have not announced plans to do so. Lawrence, for his part, is saying that he will not sign the franchise tender this year if Dallas uses it, which would leave him with two options: agree to a long-term contract or sit out 2019 without pay, like Le’Veon Bell did in Pittsburgh last season.
UPDATE: The Cowboys have reportedly decided to use the tag on Lawrence on March 4th after failing to come to a long-term agreement before or during the Combine.
Texans - OLB Jadeveon Clowney: TAGGED 3/4
According to John McClain on March 4th, the Texans are tagging Clowney. He is reportedly receiving the non-exclusive tag, so other teams could sign him to an offer sheet but would have to forfeit two first-round picks to the Texans if Houston elects not to match the offer.
Seahawks - DE Frank Clark: TAGGED 3/4
The updates are coming fast and furious today, as Albert Breer reports that the Seahawks will tag Clark.
Chiefs - OLB Dee Ford: TAGGED 3/2
The Chiefs have elected to tag Ford, per Adam Schefter.
Steelers - RB Le’Veon Bell: No tag at all
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said in an interview on Wednesday (2/20) that the team absolutely will not use any tag on Bell and that he will be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins.
Washington - EDGE Preston Smith: Tag is highly unlikely
FanSided’s Matt Verderame reports that Washington is “highly unlikely” to tag Smith, who had four sacks last season but eight the year before. Smith would be a good fit with the Packers as an outside linebacker, and could be one of the team’s free agent targets this offseason.