9 gamers got franchise participant designations this yr regardless of the wage cap dropping by $15.7 million to $182.5 million. Technically, it is 10 gamers. Quarterback Dak Prescott was named a franchise participant as a formality though he had already agreed upon a four-year, $160 million contract to stay with the Cowboys.
Two different franchise gamers, Broncos security Justin Simmons and Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams shortly agreed to long-term offers after the 2021 league yr began on March 17. Simmons grew to become the NFL‘s highest-paid security on a four-year, $61 million take care of $35 million in ensures the place $32.1 million was absolutely assured at signing. Williams signed a three-year, $63 million contract averaging $21 million per yr. His $45 million absolutely assured is probably the most ever in a Giants contract.
The clock is ticking with the remaining seven gamers who got franchise tags. The deadline for franchise gamers to signal long-term offers is July 15 at 4 p.m. ET. After the deadline passes, gamers with franchise tags are prohibited from signing multiyear contracts till the top of the common season on Jan. 9, 2022.
Solely two of the 14 gamers franchised in 2020 — Titans operating again Derrick Henry and Chiefs defensive sort out Chris Jones — signed long-term offers because the July 15 deadline was approaching. It could make sense for the seven to train comparable persistence as final yr’s franchise gamers due to the anticipated progress within the 2022 wage cap. The NFL and NFLPA just lately agreed to a wage cap ceiling of $208.2 million for 2022. Reaching the ceiling in 2022 could be a 14.1% enhance over the present $182.5 million wage cap.
Here is a have a look at the conditions of the seven franchise gamers who have not signed long run.
Robinson wasn’t happy when the Bears made him a franchise participant for $17.98 million. Nonetheless, Robinson neatly signed his franchise tender when the Bears began pursuing vast receiver Kenny Golladay in free company since that made his cash absolutely assured. He seems to be snug taking part in the season on his tag if essential.
Robinson has thrived in Chicago regardless of shaky quarterback play. He has the NFL’s fourth-most receptions (200) and receiving yards (2,397) over the past two seasons.
Robinson absolutely took observe of the four-year contract extension vast receiver Keenan Allen acquired from the Chargers early final September, averaging $20.25 million per yr with $50 million of ensures, earlier than his personal talks with the Bears stopped. Shortly thereafter, DeAndre Hopkins changed Julio Jones, whose three-year extension from the Falcons in 2019 averaged $22 million per yr, because the league’s highest-paid vast receiver on his two-year, $54.5 million extension ($27.25 million per yr) with the Cardinals.
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The Buccaneers positioned a franchise tag on Godwin for $15.983 million as an alternative of edge rusher Shaquil Barrett. The designation could have been a blessing in disguise for Godwin given the tender marketplace for vast receivers in free company. Godwin was additionally slowed by assorted accidents in 2020 (concussion, hamstring, damaged finger) and suffered uncharacteristic dropped passes within the playoffs.
Golladay’s market was sluggish to develop earlier than the Giants signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract value a most of $76 million with incentives. The deal has $40 million of ensures the place $28 million is absolutely assured. Golladay simply signed probably the most profitable vast receiver contract in free company. His $18 million-per-year deal falls in need of the vast receiver benchmark in 2020 free company. Amari Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million contract with $60 million in ensures, of which $40 million was absolutely assured at signing, to stay with the Cowboys final yr.
Scherff was named as a franchise participant for a second straight yr at $18.036 million, which is 120% over his $15.03 million designation in 2020. He’s coming off a 2020 Professional Bowl season, his fourth choice over a five-year span.
It is in all probability going to take a compelling supply to make sure that Scherff stays in Washington past this season. A 3rd franchise tag in 2022 is out of the query as a result of it could be both $25,971,840 on the collective bargaining agreement-mandated 44% increase over his $18.036 million designation or the 2022 nonexclusive quarterback quantity, whichever is larger.
This implies Scherff has large negotiating leverage with Washington. Any long-term deal for Scherff ought to simply eclipse the five-year, $80 million contract averaging $16 million per yr with $46.89 million in ensures Joe Thuney acquired from the Chiefs in free company this yr, which reset the offensive guard market.
The Saints weren’t anticipated to franchise anyone due to the NFL’s worst 2021 wage cap state of affairs by far when the offseason started. Regardless of this, the Saints had been capable of accommodate Williams’ $10.612 million franchise tag. Williams’ finest transfer could also be letting July 15 move with no long-term deal until the anticipated motion within the security market takes place beforehand. Chiefs three-time All-Professional security Tyrann Mathieu, who’s in a contract yr, just lately expressed optimism about an extension.
A brand new deal ought to make him the NFL’s highest-paid security forward of Simmons, whose contract averages $15.25 million per yr. Seahawks security Jamal Adams, who can also be in a contract yr, would not need his pay to be constrained by the security place in a brand new deal. Williams in all probability would not be given a second franchise tag in 2022 if cornerback Marshon Lattimore performs this season beneath his fifth-year possibility, or both Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston show to be the long-term alternative for the just lately retired Drew Brees at quarterback and have not signed an extension by subsequent March’s designation deadline.
The Panthers reportedly wish to signal Moton to a long-term deal moderately than him taking part in on his $13.754 million franchise tag. The Saints did not do the Panthers any favors in that regard with a significant reset of the fitting sort out market on Ryan Ramczyk’s new deal. Ramczyk simply signed a five-year, $96 million contract, averaging $19.2 million per yr with $60,214,824 of ensures, the place $43,014,824 was absolutely assured at signing. The deal is value as a lot as $102 million by way of wage escalators and incentives.
The four-year extension — averaging $18 million per yr and containing $54.595 million of ensures — the Eagles gave Lane Johnson through the 2019 season can now not be thought of an anomaly in the fitting sort out market. There is a huge drop off after Johnson. Jack Conklin is the NFL’s third highest-paid proper sort out. The three-year, $42 million contract ($14 million per yr) he signed with the Browns in 2020 free company has $30 million absolutely assured.
The Jets have developed a poor observe file in preserving proficient homegrown gamers. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams and security Jamal Adams had been traded in 2019 and 2020, respectively. A surefire method for Maye to play beneath his $10.612 million franchise tag is for the Jets to suppose the three-year, $33.75 million contract with $24 million of ensures John Johnson acquired from the Browns in free company is related to his state of affairs. Eight safeties have signed long-term offers for greater than $11.25 million per yr because the begin of free company in 2019.
Robinson was probably the most shocking franchise tag recipient (for $13.754 million). He hasn’t been an higher echelon left sort out in his 4 NFL seasons. Nonetheless, defending 2021 first total decide Trevor Lawrence’s blindside is of the utmost significance in Jacksonville. The newest information level for ascending younger left tackles is the three-year, $54.15 million extension — averaging $18.05 million per yr with $42.5 million of ensures — Kolton Miller acquired from the Raiders in April. Paying Robinson like Miller should not be a critical consideration at this level. The Jaguars hedged their bets at left sort out by drafting Walker Little within the second spherical.