With tag deadline two days away, two players have been tagged

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The tag deadline arrives on Tuesday, in only two days. And only two guys have been tagged since the window opened 12 days ago.

On the first day, the Dolphins applied the franchise tag to receiver Jarvis Landry. More recently, the Lions used the franchise tag on defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Here’s a list of the other hot spots as the final 48 hours of the process loom.

The Steelers tried to impose a February 20 artificial deadline on running back Le'Veon Bell to get a long-term deal done, and it didn’t happen. There’s a chance, maybe slim, they’ll get something done before having to make the tag/no tag decision on Tuesday. If not, the Steelers will have to choose between $14.5 million for Bell in 2018 or letting the market set his long-term value.

Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson could be tagged, either franchise or transition, if the Jags can’t get a deal done in the next two days. With Blake Bortles signing a reasonable deal, the Jaguars have more flexibility to keep Robinson around.

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be franchise tagged if he doesn’t agree to a long-term deal by Tuesday.

Washington has made it clear that it won’t tag quarterback Kirk Cousins for a third straight year, proving that even dysfunction has its limits.

With Giants G.M. Dave Gettleman dropping strong hints that a big deal will be coming for Panthers guard Andrew Norwell, Justin Pugh likely won’t be getting tagged.

The Vikings reportedly won’t use the franchise tag on quarterback Case Keenum; they probably also won’t use the transition tag, either.

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller, whose fifth-year option wasn’t picked up by the team a year ago, could be franchise tagged after a strong 2017.

The Panthers reportedly are considering using the franchise tag on kicker Graham Gano.

The Seahawks reportedly won’t be tagging defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

The Rams reportedly are more inclined to tag safety Lemarcus Joyner than receiver Sammy Watkins.

At the outset of the process, we set the over-under for tags at 5.5. At this point, Lawrence is the only sure thing, barring a long-term deal. Bell, Robinson, and Joyner are strong possibilities. Fuller and Gano could happen as well. Eight could be the ceiling, which means that up to six more tags could be coming in the next two days.

Of course, in the effort to by comprehensive, we’ve probably overlooked someone. Feel free to point out the omission in the comments. As if you ever need to be asked.

25 responses to “With tag deadline two days away, two players have been tagged

  1. I cant stand “good” players getting paid “great” player money just because they had ONE good year in a contract year.
    DLAW is good not great P E R I O D. He is no WARE! But yeah slap him for a year SEE IF he can do it again and if so then extend
    him. But do not pull another DEZ contract and get stuck with a good player in a great player contract for years to come.

  2. Landry is just a slot receiver and should be paid as one. (about $8M) He’s not worth #1 money and cant score much.

  3. calizcowboyz says:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:15 am
    I cant stand “good” players getting paid “great” player money just because they had ONE good year in a contract year.
    DLAW is good not great P E R I O D. He is no WARE! But yeah slap him for a year SEE IF he can do it again and if so then extend
    him. But do not pull another DEZ contract and get stuck with a good player in a great player contract for years to come.

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    Yawwwn. The market will set a player’s price. Oh and speaking of Dez where you this incensed when he was delivering multiple 1300+ yard receiving seasons to go with 10+ receiving tds while never making more than $2.5 million in a season? Far far below what his contract called For? Nope…just la de da….thats just the system. Dez earned his second contract. If the team is unhappy with it they can always cut him and void the remainder of the contract. No other major pro sports team in the US has that option.
    DLAW also has been playing on a rookie deal that in no way reflects his production. No issues with you. Only when it’s time for him to cash in do we get the gripping.

  4. The cap is for what the players are paid. If im a top qb im gonna say Ill take a lessened deal to help the cap/team, but the remainder of the money I am saving the team I want them to donate!

    Imagine how a player could help others and save the cap hit in one shot!

  5. Biggest mistake with tags was the niners not tagging JG prior to seeing with they really have. Niners could have tagged him for ~$23-24M and then signed him if they liked what they saw, or tagged him again for another year if they didn’t come to a deal, or sign him for an even higher amount if clearly warranted after the first tag expired. Point is, they could have hedged their bet vs. risk being damaged long term if things went sideways during year one.

  6. 6thsense10 says:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:52 am
    calizcowboyz says:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:15 am
    I cant stand “good” players getting paid “great” player money just because they had ONE good year in a contract year.
    DLAW is good not great P E R I O D. He is no WARE! But yeah slap him for a year SEE IF he can do it again and if so then extend
    him. But do not pull another DEZ contract and get stuck with a good player in a great player contract for years to come.

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    Yawwwn. The market will set a player’s price. Oh and speaking of Dez where you this incensed when he was delivering multiple 1300+ yard receiving seasons to go with 10+ receiving tds while never making more than $2.5 million in a season? Far far below what his contract called For? Nope…just la de da….thats just the system. Dez earned his second contract. If the team is unhappy with it they can always cut him and void the remainder of the contract. No other major pro sports team in the US has that option.
    DLAW also has been playing on a rookie deal that in no way reflects his production. No issues with you. Only when it’s time for him to cash in do we get the gripping.

    When a rookie contract is up and they played lights out for those first four years and are indeed GREAT then yes pay em! I never said otherwise. Dez got his money then stopped showing up and average corners are shutting him down. PROBLEM, eh. Now DLAW has not been healthy for a couple years, then in a contract year he flourishes.? WARE was a TRUE game changer PERIOD! When teams game plan around your best player THATS CALLED a Franchise player!
    No one is gripping but you. Im just stating facts.
    Now Dez is no longer EARNING that record deal bro, problem. So thank goodness we can cut bait with players who no longer have the hunger pains to keep being great after Stealing money!
    Now DLAW deserves a second contract, i never said other wise. But he is not worth Franchise Tag type coin bro!

  7. dynastypolice- you are so right about the Jimmy G contrast IMO.

    Allen Robinson isn’t worth the $16 mill tag as a player plus he’s coming off an ACL tear and will likely post pedestrian numbers in his first year back, then walk anyway.

  8. True he won 5 games, but 3 of those were against terrible teams and niners had to kick ~15 FG’s to squeeze by. The other 2 were against teams that already clinched and played their scrubs. Point is, it’s no where near enough to justify the contract….highest in history? Very bad for the league in general, and why the niners will never win under Jed.

  9. dynastypolice says:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Biggest mistake with tags was the niners not tagging JG prior to seeing with they really have. Niners could have tagged him for ~$23-24M and then signed him if they liked what they saw, or tagged him again for another year if they didn’t come to a deal, or sign him for an even higher amount if clearly warranted after the first tag expired. Point is, they could have hedged their bet vs. risk being damaged long term if things went sideways during year one.

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    You mean follow the same plan the Redskins did with Cousins? If a team is confident this is their QB it’s almost always advantageous to them to get them signed rather than wait for the player to drive up the price even higher.

    Most teams tag their QB with the intention of signing them to a long term deal. Having a QB play out on a tag means their $24 million salary hits the team’s cap immediately. QB is not the position you play the franchise tag game with.

  10. To the guys saying that SF should have tagged JG to see what they got, I disagree. First, they would have paid a lot for that looksee, but what happens if JG then comes out and plays great? Then instead of getting him for $27.5M, they might well be paying $35M. There is risk, sure, but there was risk either way, and if they are right, they win big.

    On another subject, Bell is very good, but SO overpriced. He is not worth tagging, and the open market should probably put him at about $8M.

  11. Tagging Demarcus Lawrence at $17.5M is detrimental to the team’s ability to strengthen. A 1 year player, who fell off the map over the last 8 games in 2017.

  12. I can’t believe the Panthers would consider tagging a kicker instead of the guy who helps protect Newton. As the Eagles proved, you can get a reliable kicker anywhere if you look hard enough.

  13. “With Giants G.M. Dave Gettleman dropping strong hints that a big deal will be coming for Panthers guard Andrew Norwell, Justin Pugh likely won’t be getting tagged.”

    Why do they even have a tampering rule? How could Gettleman possibly be hinting at a deal with someone a full two weeks before ‘legal tampering’ can happen?

    Hey Chiefs fan: Think the Giants need to be relieved of a draft pick or 2? What do you say SF fan? Is Mara’s team the only one that can get away with this?

  14. “On another subject, Bell is very good, but SO overpriced. He is not worth tagging, and the open market should probably put him at about $8M.”

    Wow! Bell is the top offensive player not at qb in the league. The Marshall Faulk of this era. Worth at least 15M/year.

  15. Tagging in most cases means paying a player more than he gets in the open market. It is not an attractive option and I am not surprised that it is used so sparingly.

  16. dynastypolice says:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Biggest mistake with tags was the niners not tagging JG prior to seeing with they really have. Niners could have tagged him for ~$23-24M and then signed him if they liked what they saw, or tagged him again for another year if they didn’t come to a deal, or sign him for an even higher amount if clearly warranted after the first tag expired. Point is, they could have hedged their bet vs. risk being damaged long term if things went sideways during year one.
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    The Niners structured the deal so that the early payout, which is a lot ($47 mill) in year one is paid as salary and roster bonus — not a large signing bonus that gets spread out over the course of the five years. So if Jimmy’s not the answer, well, they lose a lot of money but are not caught with a bunch of dead money if they cut him. More importantly, by taking the big cap hit in the current year, when they have a TON of cap space, they’re freed up to sign other FA’s in the future, as they will continue to have a lot of cap space available.

    Finally, they didn’t beat “two teams who’d clinched and were playing their scrubs”. When they played the Jaguars the AFC South was still a toss up between the Jags and the Titans, in addition to HFA being in play. Anyone who watched that game knows that not only did the Jags play their starters until the final gun, but that their guys gave it their all. And BTW, the Niner’s put up 44 points against that defense.

  17. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    To the guys saying that SF should have tagged JG to see what they got, I disagree. First, they would have paid a lot for that looksee, but what happens if JG then comes out and plays great? Then instead of getting him for $27.5M, they might well be paying $35M. There is risk, sure, but there was risk either way, and if they are right, they win big.

    On another subject, Bell is very good, but SO overpriced. He is not worth tagging, and the open market should probably put him at about $8M.
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    Incorrect:
    You missed the point that JG hasn’t proven much at all yet. Bad move, way better to have tagged him and paid market later if he was worth it. This won’t end well for the Niners.

  18. Players that say they hate the tag are lying through their teeth. It’s their ace in the hole. They get a guaranteed, over priced salary for a year that is accomplishing nothing more than driving the market up. Maybe the teams are finally starting to get wise to this game and laying off the tags.

  19. harrisbarton says:
    Finally, they didn’t beat “two teams who’d clinched and were playing their scrubs”. When they played the Jaguars the AFC South was still a toss up between the Jags and the Titans, in addition to HFA being in play. Anyone who watched that game knows that not only did the Jags play their starters until the final gun, but that their guys gave it their all. And BTW, the Niner’s put up 44 points against that defense.
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    While true about the Jags starters playing, they did not play to there potential. That being said, 9ers and Jimmy G played lights out that game.
    And like you said the structure of Jimmy G contract is extremely team friendly. Yes a lot of up front money, hitting the cap this year. But we had something like 120m this year, so if it cost us 40m the first year well. Plenty of teams without a franchise or PROJECTED franchise QB, would KILL for 80m in free cap space.
    SF is going to be better, and we will not be sneaking up on folks this year, so it is time for us to put our big boy pants on… It is a long time coming, this feels different than Harb’s era, not just a flash in the pan, but a foundation is being built. Do not get me wrong, I loved Harb’s, but it did not feel like he cared beyond today, this group is looking at next year and beyond. While it does not guarantee success, it sure feels like it now…

  20. harrisbarton says:
    March 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    —————————————————————————————-
    The Niners structured the deal so that the early payout, which is a lot ($47 mill) in year one is paid as salary and roster bonus — not a large signing bonus that gets spread out over the course of the five years. So if Jimmy’s not the answer, well, they lose a lot of money but are not caught with a bunch of dead money if they cut him. More importantly, by taking the big cap hit in the current year, when they have a TON of cap space, they’re freed up to sign other FA’s in the future, as they will continue to have a lot of cap space available.

    Finally, they didn’t beat “two teams who’d clinched and were playing their scrubs”. When they played the Jaguars the AFC South was still a toss up between the Jags and the Titans, in addition to HFA being in play. Anyone who watched that game knows that not only did the Jags play their starters until the final gun, but that their guys gave it their all. And BTW, the Niner’s put up 44 points against that defense.
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    Incorrect:
    Jags had clinched a birth and played backups. The niners barely beat the Bears, and you think they put up 44 against the Jags? JG has proven he’s a good QB, but doesn’t warrant the contract, and completely unnecessary risk….again, niners won’t win under York.

  21. slippery59 says:
    March 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    Players that say they hate the tag are lying through their teeth. It’s their ace in the hole. They get a guaranteed, over priced salary for a year that is accomplishing nothing more than driving the market up. Maybe the teams are finally starting to get wise to this game and laying off the tags.
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    Players hate the tag because an injury can stop their career. For example guy gets tagged and tears an CAL in week 14; he’s gonna miss camp and maybe the start of the season. Teams will lowball him the next 2 years because of the injury unknown, and then put him in a “prove it” contract the next. Now he’s 28-29 looking for a big contract instead of 24-26 (football is a young mans game), with injury history costing him 10s of millions he would have gotten with a long term contract without the tag.

  22. There’s no doubt about who Garoppolo is on the field. They only question is if he can avoid injury.

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