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

Posted by Mike Florio on March 4, 2018, 10:57 AM EST
 

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.

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Looks like Kyle may not get the Tag. Or does this mean they are close to getting a deal done? Either way, we will soon see what the plan is moving forward.

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There are two interesting reports that popped up on Monday in regards to Chicago Bears free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller. 

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bears will not use the franchise tag on Fuller. The franchise tag would be around $15 million, and the deadline for tagging players is Tuesday at 3pm Central time. Biggs says the transition tag may be in play, and that carries the same Tuesday deadline. 

Biggs and Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly are both reporting that Fuller has expressed a desire to stay with the Bears. Negotiations are ongoing, but the two sides are still far enough apart that Fuller may be allowed to gauge interest in free agency before coming back to the Bears. Arkush says that “as long as they pay him fairly, Fuller is doing all he can to let the Bears know he wants to be in Chicago.” Biggs says that Fuller “is their top target at the position,” so unless a team comes to the table with a ridiculous offer it looks promising that Fuller will stay.

https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2018/3/5/17081000/report-kyle-fuller-wants-to-return-to-chicago-bears-will-not-use-the-franchise-tag-transition-nfl

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Maybe it will all work out just fine and Vic gets to keep working on Fuller. I know Prince stated he came here because Vic was the DC. Maybe he has been chatting with Fuller and the two will stick it out and try improving on last season.

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Looks like Fuller has excepted that one good year does not make for a record contract. It is good to see both sides being reasonable. It is just business, Fuller is not worth $15M a year. If he is smart he will stay in Chicago. I wonder how much  his good year was based on the Bears having solid Safety play for a change? With Jackson and Amos behind him, Kyle was able to attack the ball knowing he had help over the top. I thought the foursome of Eddie, Adrian, Kyle and Prince worked well together. Prince was not a world beater and his untimely penalties hurt the Bears, but over-all, he was solid. Callahan had the pick playing nickel but I still think he is the weak link in that group.

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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Or maybe Fuller hasn't accepted the fact that one good year is not enough proof.

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A year ago, the Bears opted not to exercise the fifth-year option on cornerback Kyle Fuller’s rookie contract. This year, they reportedly won’t be using the franchise tag to keep him in Chicago.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears won’t be employing that device on Fuller, the fourteenth overall pick in the 2014 draft. Biggs doesn’t rule out the transition tag as a possibility for Fuller.

As Biggs explained it, Fuller wants to stay with the Bears, and the Bears want to keep him. But Fuller doesn’t want to do a long-term deal before March 14, when he has a chance to maximize his current and future earnings.

Fuller had a strong 2017 season, stronger than the Bears expected when they chose not to exercise his fifth-year option last May. The fact that he had such a strong performance in a contract year could raise concerns that, once he achieves financial security, Fuller may be less motivated to perform the way he did in 2017.

These are exactly the concerns I had with Franchise Tagging him! Sounds like Kyle is still looking to get paid!

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Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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Fuller has got the transition tag. Also worth keeping an eye on Allen Robinson who the Jags are saying is not receiving the franchise tag.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY _Afrocomb

Fuller has got the transition tag. Also worth keeping an eye on Allen Robinson who the Jags are saying is not receiving the franchise tag.

What happy news! Feels good to see some actions backing up the speculation that everyone's goal is for Fuller to return. So unless some team offers him crazy money we will get to see if Fuller can put together back to back solid years.

I would rather have Lee from the Jags, our injury situation has just been so bad. Having two WRs coming off of ACL tears is scary.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY _Afrocomb

Fuller has got the transition tag. Also worth keeping an eye on Allen Robinson who the Jags are saying is not receiving the franchise tag.

Very smart move by the Bears. It doesn't overpay Fuller for one year of production, but protects the Bears interests. Though, I am not sure he is worth almost $13M a year. This makes it impossible for Fuller to pull an Alshon and go somewhere for little money on a prove it deal. If a team overpays, then so be it and it cost the Bears nothing to refuse to match that offer. What it does not do is get the bears any kind of compensation.

Bear will most likely not even get a compensatory pick if they do lose Kyle. Bears have way too many needs and will be bringing in several FAs. It will be interesting to track the number of FAs coming and going this year. Maybe we should start a thread on this? Is any one interested in this subject at all? Remember, cut players do not count for or against the comp picks.

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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Five franchise tags, one transition tag handed out before deadline

Posted by Josh Alper on March 6, 2018, 4:51 PM EST
 

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.

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This puts Fullers price tag for a long term deal with the Bears at a starting point of $13M per year. So, let say 4 year at $52M with $20M guaranteed? Does that sound about right? Maybe some of that money to be escalators to prevent a relapse to his non-productive days? How does a team protect itself against a player coasting after he gets paid? That is the biggest fear most have with Kyle. Can he repeat his performance? Or is he truly a one year wonder playing for broke in a contract year? Lets not forget Albert Hainesworth! He is the cautionary tale for every GM in the League. Under-achiever for 3 years, then a breakout contract season, got paid, disappeared off into the sunset with a boatload of money!

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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I think the best way to protect themselves if Kyle does not keep performing is to front load his deal. Make sure that the guarantee money is paid in year one and two and that his cap hit if cut is low. Similar to Glennon's deal. I would be surprised if Fullers agent would let the Bears get away with something that extreme, but that's the path. 

Maybe Afro will stop in and offer an opinion. Lord knows he is the only one of us that truly understands all the nuances of NFL contract. 

 

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

I think the best way to protect themselves if Kyle does not keep performing is to front load his deal. Make sure that the guarantee money is paid in year one and two and that his cap hit if cut is low. Similar to Glennon's deal. I would be surprised if Fullers agent would let the Bears get away with something that extreme, but that's the path. 

Maybe Afro will stop in and offer an opinion. Lord knows he is the only one of us that truly understands all the nuances of NFL contract. 

 

Fullers agent isn't going to have too much to say about the contract structure! Well not if he wants to sign one that is....

Seems all of Paces contracts are front loaded as you call it. He has done a good job of insuring that the Bears do not get held hostage by a contract.

 

re-Build 3.0

Still sceptical so I say 7-9 or 8-8 if they get lucky.

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