Where Things Stand For All 15 Players Who Were Tagged This Offseason

The deadline for franchise- and transition-tagged players to sign multi-year contracts with their teams is Wednesday at 4 EST. 15 players were tagged this offseason and only one has signed a long-term deal.

The pandemic and the uncertainty with the revenue has made things complicated.

Here’s where everything stands with under 24 hours to go.

Dak Prescott:

This has been going on for well over a year now and it doesn’t sound like the two sides are close. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Tuesday that it’s unlikely both sides reach a deal before the deadline. Things can change but signs point to Prescott playing the 2020 season on the tag for $31.4 million fully guaranteed.

Chris Jones:

Jones and the Chiefs reached agreement on a four-year, $85 million deal on Tuesday. He’s the only tagged player to sign a long-term deal so far.

Justin Simmons

Simmons and the Broncos have talked to see if they can reach an agreement before the deadline, but the two sides are not expected to have a deal.

Hunter Henry

Henry said last week that he doesn’t think a long-term deal gets done. 

Leonard Williams

The Giants traded a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Jets for Williams last year. According to NFL Network, the plan is to have him play under the tag. What is yet to be figured out is how much Williams will make in 2020. He filed a grievance asking to be considered a defensive end rather than a defensive tackle. Defensive tackles make $16.1 million under the tag while ends get $17.8 million.

Yannick Ngakoue

Ngakoue doesn’t want to be in Jacksonville and he has no immediate plans to sign the tag, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. This could end up going well into training camp.

Brandon Scherff

ESPN’s John Keim reported that a deal will not happen before the deadline. Scherff will play the 2020 season on the one-year franchise tag of $15.03M fully guaranteed.

Derrick Henry

ESPN’s Turron Davenport was on the MySportsUpdate Podcast this week and said he isn’t so sure a deal gets done. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has since confirmed that a deal is not expected.

AJ Green

Green hasn’t played a game since Dec. 2, 2018, so don’t expect the Bengals to make a long-term commitment. As of Monday afternoon, Green has not signed his franchise tender.

Matthew Judon

In the franchise’s history, the Ravens have used the franchise tag on six players. All but one of them were ultimately rewarded with long-term deal. Not much has been reported on this situation, but Judon told reporters last month he was “pleased to be tagged” because of what it means he’s accomplished as a former fifth-round pick.

Shaq Barrett

A long-term deal is not close between the Bucs and the 2019 sack leader. Sounds unlikely something gets done before Wednesday. Barrett has filed a grievance asking to be considered a defensive end rather than a linebacker. Linebackers make $15.8 million under the tag while ends get $17.8 million.

Joe Thuney

ESPN’s Mike Reiss said on the MySportsUpdate Podcast a few weeks ago that things are leaning towards Thuney playing the upcoming season on the franchise tag. No new reports have come out since on the two sides being close.

Bud Dupree

Dupree is coming off a career-best 11.5 sacks last year. According to NFL Network, the sides are not close on a new deal. Like Shaq Barrett, Dupree has filed a grievance asking to be considered a defensive end rather than a linebacker.

Anthony Harris

Almost nothing has been reported on this one. Harris was tied for the league lead in interceptions last year and the Vikings decided to slap the tag on him. He signed the tag in May and said he will let his agents work “towards long term certainty in Minnesota.”

Kenyan Drake

Drake was the lone player to get the transition tag this offseason. Assuming no deal is reached, the one-year tag will pay him $8.48 million for 2020.

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