NFL, NFLPA agree to delay franchise tag decisions by two days

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In a possible sign that the league and the union expect some clarity on Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in the middle of next week, the two sides have agreed to push back the date on which teams can start putting franchise tags on players.

The NFL had previously announced that franchise and transition tags had to be applied between February 25 and March 10, but NFL Media reported today that those dates have now been changed, so that franchise and transition tags can be applied between February 27 and March 12.

Moving the dates back two days comes as the NFL Players Association plans to vote next week on whether to accept the owners’ offer for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Teams want to know before they place the franchise or transition tags whether a new CBA will come to fruition, and today’s news means teams will be able to make that decision after the players’ union membership is expected to vote.

The timing is particularly important for the Cowboys, Buccaneers and Titans, three teams that would probably like to use both the franchise tag and the transition tag — if both are available to them, which they won’t know for sure until the players vote on the CBA proposal.

7 responses to “NFL, NFLPA agree to delay franchise tag decisions by two days

  1. The delay is More important to the players Than owners. If a team used both a franchise and transition tag, it could Be grandfathered into effect, even after the new CBA was finally approved. If I was a team had two players they don’t want to hit free agency, why not use them before that option drops to only one? Players certainly don’t want that. My guess is that it’s the NFPLA that proposed the delay.

  2. The franchise tag should be done away with except for QBs.
    The and 5th year option should be removed.
    And RBs should have 3 year rookie deals not 4, because their careers are so short.

    Having said that, if you are franchise tagged, you are already making a huge amount of money. I have less sympathy for a player making 16MM when they could be making 19MM, than for a 24 year old RB who has to play another year at 600K, taking the injury risk, before getting his only big pay day, that has to last him his lifetime.

  3. Leave Office: “how many people do you expect us to pay to fix games? This is getting to be ridiculous.”

  4. The players once again are running scared. Why aren’t they standing firm and asking that rookie deals be no longer than 3 years, and then teams can only franchise a guy once. That way every player has a shot at getting a solid deal before they end up past their prime. What’s the average life of an NFL player 6 to 7 years of prime football for most. Why should they be tied to one team on a rookie deal for the majority of their career. Makes no sense

  5. chawk12thman says:
    February 22, 2020 at 10:15 pm
    The delay is More important to the players Than owners. If a team used both a franchise and transition tag, it could Be grandfathered into effect, even after the new CBA was finally approved. If I was a team had two players they don’t want to hit free agency, why not use them before that option drops to only one? Players certainly don’t want that. My guess is that it’s the NFPLA that proposed the delay.
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    That’s not how it would work. If the CBA passes then one of those would be rescinded.

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