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From February 23 to March 9, teams have a two-week window where they can select players, with Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay among the candidates in the lineup. view.

Last updated: 23/02/21 6:41 am

Could the Bucs put the franchise tag on free agent Chris Godwin? (AP Photo / Jason Behnken)

The free agency is approaching, the new league year is on the horizon, and even further afield, the NFL Draft will bring its usual joy and surprises. But now it’s tag season.

On Tuesday 23 February, teams will have the opportunity to send the tag franchise or transfer to a player up to the date at 4pm ET on 9 March.

Franchise-licensed players typically have until July 15 to agree a new multi-year contract with their team before their salary is determined for the upcoming season.

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Players can decide not to sign, prefer to seek the true value and discover new contract terms. Or – as in the case of Le’Veon Bell in 2018 with the Pittsburgh Steelers – they may not agree to a new contract, sitting out the last year of their contract without playing snap, hopefully they will be free in the following year.

So what can we expect from the next two weeks? How does the process work?

What is the franchise tag?

For NFL teams, it’s a way to gain some control and make sure they don’t lose a valuable player with nothing when a deal comes out. By tagging a player, they can guarantee them at least a year of ownership, and the extra time can lead to negotiating new contracts.

Players, however, are not big fans of the specs. They lose an element of movement in contract negotiations and, in general, a player is reluctant to play on a short contract without future promises. The 2017 season was a prime example of how injuries can come thick and fast, so players want long-term security.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott could be selected for second straight season if Dallas can't work out long-term contract (AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth, File)

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott could be selected for second straight season if Dallas can’t work out long-term contract (AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth, File)

What are the three types of tag?

Special license tag: The team pays a player either the average salary of the five highest paid players in his or her career or 120 percent of the previous year’s salary – whichever is higher. Players can also be tagged up to three times with a team, but the payout goes up significantly in this case. If a player gets this tag, they cannot negotiate with other teams. They either sign the contract, sign a new contract, or keep it out.

Non-exclusive licensing tag: The salary effects are the same as the special label, but in this case, other teams may try to remove the tagged player. If they agree on a contract with the player, two things can happen: 1, The original team can match the terms and take on the new contract, or 2, If they fail, the new team must take two kicks. send off the first round as compensation. This tag is usually used.

Transition Tag: The player will receive the average salary of the top 10 top paid players in his career for one year. Here, the player can negotiate with other teams to find a long-term contract. The original team has an option to match the offer, but if they do not, no compensation is given.

Each team can only use one tag per year.

Who could be selected this year?

The Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some big decisions to make ahead of a free agency. While 2019 bag leader Shaquil Barrett as a candidate to play on the right tag, he did nothing secretly about his intentions to seek a new long-term contract as a reward for his production. Wide receiver Chris Godwin at the same time also becoming a free agent and, while Tampa also wants to sign him to an extension, it looks more likely that a competitor will be tagged while the Bucs try to keep receiver Tom Brady’s heart intact.

Quarter-quarters Dak Prescott they could be selected for a second straight year, if the Dallas Cowboys fail where they could not survive an offseason by reaching an agreement on a new multi – year contract. Prescott earned $ 31.4m while playing under the franchise tag in 2020, but saw his season come to an end in Week Five against the New York Giants when he suffered a break-in. expect and move to the right ankle. If re-elected in 2021 it will earn $ 37.68m, making a long-term contract a more financially viable route for the group – if it remains confident in Prescott’s ability after the injury.

New Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff wants to hold on wide receiver Kenny Golladay (AP Photo / Tony Ding)

New Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff wants to hold on wide receiver Kenny Golladay (AP Photo / Tony Ding)

Giants pass richer Leonard Williams coming off a career year with 11.5 sacks of senior team and 42 quarterback weights, but is it worth the tag? General manager Dave Gettleman is a question and the big Blue flag will be over. The Williams tag is expected to be at $ 19.4m, which is not particularly appropriate for a team working with an expected $ 1.3m in cap space.

Denver Broncos Safety Justin Simmons, it is similar to Prescott, which appears to be registered with a franchise license for a second straight year, although it is expected to be a bridge to a long – term contract a little further down the line this offseason. Elsewhere in Carolina, the Panthers were able to tag the offensive lineman Taylor Moton, who dropped just three sacks last season according to Pro Football Focus.

The group’s extensive free reception class pushes on signals to look a bit inspiring if teams don’t get involved over the next fortnight. Detroit Lions wide Kenny Golladay a strong contender for election if both parties cannot re-agree, while the Chicago Bears risk losing star playmaker Allen Robinson, with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reporting last week that there have been no further talks about an expansion between the player and the group since September.

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