Five franchise tags, one transition tag handed out before deadline

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The deadline for teams to use franchise and transition tags on impending free agents passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday with six of them handed out.

Six teams opted to use the tags this year. Five of them went for franchise tags and one transition tag was also used before the deadline passed. The players who received the tag are:

Running back Le'Veon Bell, Steelers – It’s the second year in a row that Bell has gotten the tag, which comes with a $14.5 million salary this year. Bell sat out all of the offseason last year and has talked about sitting out the entire 2018 season, although it will likely be some time before we know if he has any intention of actually doing so.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Dolphins – Landry has signed his tender, which guarantees a salary of just over $15.9 million for the coming season. He’s also reportedly been given the right to help facilitate a trade, so he may not wind up in Miami when the season starts.

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys – Lawrence has also signed his tender. He said on Monday that he’s grateful for the opportunity to “break the bank” next year, which suggests he may wind up playing out the year with the $17.1 million salary mandated by the tag.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, Lions – Ansah’s tag carries the same $17.1 million salary that Lawrence is now set to make. He has not signed the tender at this point, however.

Safety Lamarcus Joyner, Rams – After tagging cornerback Trumaine Johnson the last two years, the Rams chose to tag Joyner over wide receiver Sammy Watkins. He has not signed the $11.2 million tender.

Cornerback Kyle Fuller, Bears – The Bears opted for the transition tag, which calls for Fuller to make $12.9 million if he does not work out a long-term deal. It also gives the Bears the right to match other offers for his services, but does not come with the compensation of two first-round picks afforded by the franchise tag.

13 responses to “Five franchise tags, one transition tag handed out before deadline

  1. Jimmy G. should have been the 6th, but what else would you expect from a franchise that dumped their HOF level coach because of….wait for it….Trent (meathead) Baalke!!

  2. Why would the Rams even think about tagging Watkins. He’s not worth half the money the tag would give him. He’s been a bust so far even when healthy.

  3. If any of these players starts talking about how they are being disrespected by the team and they have no security because it is only a one year guarantee, they deserve to be given a minimum wage job and they can see what disrespect really is.

  4. Some people may feel its a DISGRACE for players to get upset for the money they make, these guys are playing a game where the average career is 3 years. So while they may not be choosing the best words all the time to describe their feelings, especially to the public, I don’t get why people get as worked up about it.

    These players will likely have head injuries that effect them the rest of there lives, and it only takes ONE PLAY and your career and even life can change. Bridgewater had a horrific knee injury and nobody knows if he will be the same.

    The BIGGEST reason he wants a multi year contract is SECURITY, it was like that last off-season for Bell, and it probably intensified after watching Shazier who got his 5th year option picked up, suffered a severe injury while playing, and needed surgery he is all ready out for his 5th year option, and while he may have bigger concerns than his contract, those are the EXACT kind of reasons players want long term deals.

  5. Seems a little crazy not to sign these right away.. something out of the ordinary happens or you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and the team can just pull the tag away. $17.1 for a DE and $11.2 for a safety seems like something players at those positions should jump on.

  6. exinsidetrader says:
    March 6, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Steelers are not winning anything of note tying up close to 10% of the entire Cap on one RB.
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    They also aren’t winning anything of note without Bell, so what did you want them to do?

  7. dynastypolice says:

    March 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Jimmy G. should have been the 6th, but what else would you expect from a franchise that dumped their HOF level coach because of….wait for it….Trent (meathead) Baalke!!
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    Am I missing something here????

    I may be old but is this aimed at the patriots???? Jimmy G ???

  8. Bell is taking the Steelers straight down the toilet. What fun it is to watch the obnoxious fans wringing their hands over the huge gamble Pittsburgh has taken with a running back who already spent three times as many post seasons on the bench than he did on the field. Good luck, Steelers. Old Garbage Time Ben ain’t getting you out of this fix.

  9. jjackwagon says:
    March 7, 2018 at 7:09 am
    exinsidetrader says:
    March 6, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Steelers are not winning anything of note tying up close to 10% of the entire Cap on one RB.
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    They also aren’t winning anything of note without Bell, so what did you want them to do?

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    Not true. The combination of Dion Lewis and James White put up more TDs, yards and receptions than Bell for a fraction of what Bell is demanding. And they play special teams. Plus if one guy gets hurt, you still have the other.

    No team needs to pay more than $6-7M for a really good RB these days. Teams that do are sacrificing depth elsewhere.

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