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March is on the horizon which means the 2017 NFL season is near! First things first, we have to kick off the offseason. That begins on March 1st, the deadline for teams to place franchise tags on players. The franchise tag period kicked off February 15th, and while some determinations have been made by some teams already, nothing is set until July as teams can still negotiate with players under the tag. For those unaware, the franchise tag gives the player’s team an extension to be able to sign that player to a long-term deal. There are non-exclusive tags where a player can still receive offers from other teams, giving their original team opportunity to match. It’s a fun process and it was a process I enjoyed diving into. In this article, I break down the potential free agents from all 32 teams I expect to be franchise tagged by the March 1st deadline. In addition, I’ll touch on players I expect to resign or come to an agreement on a deal to stay put or players who will immediately hit the free agency market. Let’s get right into it!

  • Arizona Cardinals

    Available Cap Space: $32.1 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Calais Campbell – DE

    Chandler Jones
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    Tony Jefferson – S

    Seeing as how the Cardinals traded for Chandler Jones by giving up a second-round draft pick and a young budding OL Jonathan Cooper, it’s hard to imagine them not placing the franchise tag on him. In fact, HC Bruce Arians went on record saying the Cardinals will be using the tag on Jones if need be. He’s coming off an 11-sack season, his third double-digit sack season in five years. Arizona will be able to save about $1.5 Million since Jones moved to LB from DE upon joining the squad. It might not be popular, but I would like to see the Cardinals try and reach a deal with Jones so they can use the franchise tag on Safety Tony Jefferson.

    Note: As of Monday, Arizona has placed the franchise tag on Chandler Jones.

    Other Notable FA(s): Andre Ellington – RB, Chris Johnson – RB, Frostee Rucker – DE, Jermaine Gresham – TE

  • Atlanta Falcons

    Available Cap Space: $18.9 Million

    No Notable FAs worth the Franchise Tag

    Atlanta is only a couple weeks removed from blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl and it’ll probably be a couple months before any positive moves come to fruition. They don’t have any players that would be worth a tag, but they do some decisions to make in whether they bring back the ageless wonder in Dwight Freeney, Tight End Jacob Tamme, FB Patrick DiMarco, or starting Guard Chris Chester.

  • Baltimore Ravens

    Available Cap Space: $14.8 Million

    No Notable FAs worth the Franchise Tag

    The Ravens don’t have much cap room to work with this offseason. Lucky enough, I take they’ll be able to work out cap friendly deals to keep their top guys bleeding purple. Fourth-year DT Brandon Williams should be priority No. 1 as he’s well overperformed his rookie contract to become one of the best interior linemen in the game. The other guys to pay attention to will be FB Kyle Juszczyk, RT Ricky Wagner, and WR Kimar Aiken. Of the three, the only one I would put money on to return would be Juszczyk.

  • Buffalo Bills

    Available Cap Space: $19.9 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Stephon Gilmore – CB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    Stephon Gilmore is going to be paid this offseason one way or another. If you don’t agree I encourage you to look at the available defensive backs set to be free agents. Of the top 10 CBs available (according to PFF), Terrence Newman is the only one to be named to a Pro Bowl other than Gilmore. Factor in he had the third most interceptions in 2016 (5), has 62 passes defended in four years and is only 27 and you have your formula for a big pay day. The only question left is it going to be through Tag with Buffalo or on the FA market. Personally, I think Gilmore stays in Buffalo. I think he’ll be the best available (counting on AJ Bouye staying in Houston) and after Gilmore the Bills secondary is bleak.

    Other Notable FA(s): EJ Manuel – QB, Justin Hunter – WR, Lorenzo Alexander – OLB, Percy Harvin – WR, Reggie Bush – RB, Robert Woods – WR

  • Carolina Panthers

    Available Cap Space: $51 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Kawann Short – DT
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$13.5 Million

    I would like to think the Panthers learned their lesson last year when they chose not to bring back Josh Norman. Some good that did them as their pass defense took a direct hit ranking No. 29 in 2016. They’re currently in a position where they’ll be forced to tag him. Short and his camp have said they’d sign the tender but concluded that getting a deal close to $17 Million a year is option No. 1.

    At the end of the day, I think Short ends up staying with Carolina. Short somewhat regressed in his numbers from 2015 and if he can get to double-digit sacks in 2017 he should be in line for that big contract he’s seeking next offseason.

    Note: As of Monday, Carolina has placed the franchise tag on Kawann Short.

    Other Notable FA(s): Ted Ginn, Jr. – WR, Charles Johnson – DE

  • Chicago Bears

    Available Cap Space: 52.4 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Alshon Jeffery
    Franchise Tag Cost: $17 Million

    It’s over. Done. Finished. I see no way the Bears give Alshon $17 Million for one year with his current career trajectory. In each of the past two seasons, he’s failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving and has a combined six touchdowns. There was much promise after his 2014 campaign, but injuries have played a big part in regression. TFA’s Matthew Betz (@theFantasyPT) wrote a piece on how Jeffery may never be the same with his hamstring injury. He’s part of the old Bears regime with no ties to HC John Fox or GM Ryan Pace. Aka – he gone!

    Other Notable FA(s): Brian Hoyer – QB, Marquess Wilson – WR, Matt Barkley – QB

  • Cincinnati Bengals

    Available Cap Space: ~$43 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Andrew Whitworth – OL

    Dre Kirkpatrick – CB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    Kevin Zeitler – OL

    The Bengals aren’t expected to tag anyone. That’s a mistake. The easy answer here is to tag Kirkpatrick and here’s why. I understand that’s a lot of money to dole out, but who else are they going to trust at cornerback? Outside of Adam Jones, they’ll have no player with relevant experience. The Bengals are a playoff contender team and Marvin Jones and his guys are pretty loyal to their veterans. If no deal is reached, I think Kirkpatrick gets the tag. I also think the Bengals will be able to lock up Whitworth on a short-term deal because of his age (35). Zeitler may be the guy they lost to FA.

    Other Notable FA(s): Brandon Lafell – WR, Domata Peko – DT, Eric Winston – OL, Rex Burkhead – RB

  • Cleveland Browns

    Available Cap Space: $106.5 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Terrelle Pryor – WR
    Franchise Tag Cost: $15.8 Million

    Can you believe this is where we are? Terrelle Pryor earning franchise tag consideration with just one year of NFL experience at the WR position. It’s pretty remarkable to think the Browns could have the highest paid WR on their roster for 2017, but if a contract extension can’t be reached before the March 9 deadline that’s exactly what will happen. The Browns would be crazy to let him walk. Nevermind he’s an Ohio kid playing for his hometown team or that he’s versatile enough to play three offensive positions

    Pryor is staying in Cleveland – that’s a given. I believe he and the Browns will reach agreement on a long-term contract to keep this guy locked in for years. HC Hue Jackson loves the guy and Pryor is a natural born football player. These don’t come around often. It’s not ideal but if push comes to shove the Browns will be forced to bite the bullet on the tag and they have the money to do so. Either way, Pryor will be a Brown for 2017 at least.

    Other Notable FA(s): Josh McCown – QB, Stephen Paea – DE, Tramon Williams -CB

  • Dallas Cowboys

    Available Cap Space: $6.7 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Barry Church – S

    Ronald Leary – OL

    Unless they can come up with money before March, they just don’t have the ability to franchise tag either of these guys. To franchise tag Church would cost nearly 11 million and to tag Leary they would have to cough up $14 million. There’s no doubt they want to keep these guys but not at outrageous, inflated price tags. Time to start negotiating deals, Dallas. Once they make moves to free up cap space, I expect both players back in Dallas.

    Other Notable FA(s): Brandon Carr – CB, Brice Butler – WR, Darren McFadden – RB, Mark Sanchez – QB, Morris Claiborne – CB, Rolando McClain – ILB, Tony Romo – QB, Terrance Williams – WR

  • Denver Broncos

    Available Cap Space: $31.9 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Demarcus Ware – OLB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.8 MillionRussell Okung – OT

    Vance Walker – DE

    The Broncos have not shied away from using the franchise tag in the past and I have no reason to believe they’ll let up now. My favorite for the tag on the Broncos is Demarcus Ware. He is on the backend of his career and coming off back surgery, but the window for Denver is closing. I’m a firm believer they’re a competent QB away from competing for the title in 2017. That’s under the assumption their defense doesn’t miss a beat. I would bring back both Ware and Walker, but Ware is the one worth the tag is a deal cannot be reached.

    Other Notable FA(s): Justin Forsett – RB, Sylvester Williams – DT

  • Detroit Lions

    Available Cap Space: $32.8 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Larry Warford – G

    Riley Rieff – OT

    Detroit is in quite a predicament they want Warford and Rieff back this season. For one, they’ve already been down this road with Warford last year and unfortunately for Detroit he had his best year since he was a rookie in 2014. The price for guards was set last season when Kelechi Osemele signed for five years, $58.5 million with the Raiders. Warford is said to want close to $10 million a year. That price may be too steep for the Lions and if it is, the tag, too, is out of the question. Rieff, on the other hand, may be easier to reach a deal with for 2017. They can’t afford to lose both of these guys so I expect at least Rieff and the Lions to reach a deal next month. Then they could look to get one of their younger lineman ready to fill in for the void Warford will undoubtedly leave.

    Other Notable FA(s): Andre Roberts – WR, Anquan Boldin – WR

  • Green Bay Packers

    Available Cap Space: ~$41 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Eddie Lacy – RB

    Jared Cook – TE

    Nick Perry – ILB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.8 Million

    T.J. Lang – G

    I don’t see the Packers spending the $$$ to tag Lacy. In fact, I don’t see them wanting to negotiate unless Lacy and camp settles for a low deal for 1-2 years to prove he’s healthy and committed. The emergence of Tyler Montgomery may have ended the former Alabama star RB’s tenure in Green Bay. Perry is the player I would bet money on to garner the most attention from the Packers come March. Call it a fluke, luck, unrepeatable, what-have-you, but it can’t be ignored that he had 11 sacks last season, 1.5 fewer sacks than his prior four seasons COMBINED. He’s made big plays for them in the postseason and with his age, I don’t think the Packers can let Perry go just yet.

    Other Notable FA(s): Christine Michael – RB, James Starks – RB, Julius Peppers – OLB, Micah Hyde – S,  Sam Shields – CB

  • Houston Texans

    Available Cap Space: $24.4 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    A.J. Bouye
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    Shane Lechler – P

    Vincent Wilfork – DT

    A.J. Bouye can thank Jenoris Jenkins for his future payday. It’s rumored that Bouye could see anywhere around $12-$15 million. I hope that Bouye is able to reach an agreement with the Texans through deal or tag because the Texans defense is fun to watch. Losing Bouye would be a tough pill for fans to swallow. If he hits free agency, he should be the most sought after defensive player and will be by far the best cornerback (90.9 PFF grade) on the market.

    Other Notable FA(s): Akeem Dent – ILB, Devon Still – DT, Nick Novak – K, Quentin Demps – S

  • Indianapolis Colts

    Available Cap Space: $54.2 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    D’Qwell Jackson – ILB

    Darius Butler – CB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    Trent Cole – OLB

    Maybe having a majority of guys set to hit the free agency market for the Colts being on defense isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They were among the bottom-10 teams in scoring defense, pass defense, rushing defense, and yards allowed per game. Just terrible. But through all of that one guy that has been a bright spot is Darius Butler. He had a PFF grade of 82.6 and can play slot corner and safety.

    Other Notable FA(s): Akeem Ayers – OLB, Jack Doyle – TE, Mike Adams – S, Robert Turbin – RB

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    Available Cap Space: $74.9 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Prince Amukamara – CB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    The Jaguars have a ton of money available for this offseason and are looking to build off of last season when they had one of their best offseasons to-date. Usually, they’re not in a position to retain many of their guys – they’re usually looking to get talent elsewhere. Prince Amukamara is in a great position to make the Jaguars make a tough choice – do they try to negotiate a deal or do they bite the bullet and spend the money to tag him if no deal can be made? I’m in the tag him camp. Outside AJ Bouye, who’s getting paid whether he stays in Houston or not, there aren’t many cornerbacks worth locking up. They gave Amukamara a one-year deal last year and while he wasn’t spectacular by any means, he’s a hell of a talent when he’s on. Of the cornerbacks I expect to potentially hit free agency, only Bouye and Morris Claiborne (gag) had better PFF grades in 2016.

    Other Notable FA(s): Denard Robinson – RB, Jared Odrick – DE, John Cyprien – S, Kelvin Beachum – LT, Luke Joeckel – G

  • Kansas City Chiefs

    Available Cap Space: $5.1 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Dontari Poe – DT

    Eric Berry – S
    Franchise Tag Cost: $11 Million

    Even with Berry stating on numerous occasions that he would not play under the franchise tag in 2017, a report came out on Monday that Chiefs are indeed planning on tagging Berry for the second year in a row. Berry is too important, in my opinion, to the defense so I totally understand the willingness to bring Berry back any way they can. I just wish they would have tried to do so through a long-term deal. They’ll have to make moves to free up the cap space for the tag, and even then, it’s likely they won’t have Poe on their roster next season. That’s disappointing, and not just because I like how they used the big guy in their goal-line packages. If you’re just looking at the numbers, yeah Poe’s numbers have been a decline. But he does more for that defense that can be tracked by statistics. The 26-year old budding star should be a hot commodity for teams once free agency starts.

    Other Notable FA(s): Knile Davis – RB

  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Available Cap Space: $20.2 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Jahleel Addae – S

    Melvin Ingram – OLB
    Franchise Tag Cost: $14.8 Million

    Jahleel Addae has been one of my favorite players to watch grow in the NFL and has a promising career ahead of him. That being said, he’s not in a position to garner the franchise tag just yet. One guy that has is Melvin Ingram. Now I know the talk around Ingram is that he wants Oliver Vernon money, a contract that looks somewhat like 5 years $85 million. Maybe he deserves that seeing as how he’s recorded 18.5 sacks the past two seasons. New Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley is rumored to want to implement a 4-3 defense. All the more reason to expect the Chargers to bring back Ingram any way they can, even if that means paying him $15 mil for one year.

    Note: As of Monday, Los Angeles Chargers has placed the franchise tag on Melvin Ingram.

    Other Notable FA(s): Danny Woodhead – RB, Dexter McCluster – RB, Kellen Clemens – QB,  Manti Te’o – ILB

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Available Cap Space: $37.4 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Kenny Britt – WR

    Trumaine Johnson – CB
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.3 Million

    The Rams won’t want to use the franchise tag on Johnson for yet another year, but they may not have a choice. They do not have a cornerback on the roster with the skill set of Johnson. Having just lost Janoris Jenkins a year back, I don’t see how they let Johnson test the market as well. It’ll cost them around $14 million to do so, but do the likes of E.J. Gaines and LeMarcus Joyner scare you? That’s who would be set to replace Johnson…no thanks. Then there’s Kenny Britt who is bound to test free agency just because his stock is at an all-time high. I’ve heard people discuss him in the fantasy community as their MFL10 sleeper and possible WR 2 they’d be comfortable with for 2017. To each their own…

    Other Notable FA(s): Benny Cunningham – RB, Brian Quick – WR, Case Keenum – QB, Greg Zuerlein – K

  • Miami Dolphins

    Available Cap Space: $41.8 Million

    No Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag

    Mario Williams and Andre Branch are the only guys “worth” the franchise tag in Miami but I don’t think either warrant it. Williams, my goodness, are we to the point of “bust” yet? He’s been to four Pro Bowls, but only one first-team All-Pro in 11 seasons. His last year in Buffalo was brutal and his first year in Miami he only started five games. Maybe he can get a short term deal somewhere based on name and talent alone, but I don’t see it being in Miami. Other notable guys are Dion Sims who I expect to resign in Miami and Kenny Stills who will definitely test free agency unless the Dolphins are ready to give him double-digit millions.

  • Minnesota Vikings

    Available Cap Space: $21.4 Million

    No Notable FA(s) for Franchise Tag

    The Vikings really only have two players on my radar that they need to retain: Captain Munnerlyn and Matt Kalil. With only around $21 million in available cap space (pending moves) it’s hard to see them use the tag on either. They have to bring back Kalil just due to the fact that the Vikings offensive line was atrocious last year and Kalil only played in two games because of his hip injury. I have to believe he can make somewhat of a difference and he’s only 27. Munnerlyn has had his last days in Minnesota. He’s been a shell of his Carolina self and frankly has been a disappointment since putting on the purple jersey. Maybe he’ll be able to bounce back in another situation. Other guys to keep an eye on are Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Asiata, and Terence Newman.

  • New England Patriots

    Available Cap Space: ~$61 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Dont’a Hightower
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$14.8 Million

    Logan Ryan – S

    Martellus Bennett – TE

    It seems like just yesterday saw the New England Patriots hoist the Lombardi after overcoming a 25-point deficit. Those were simpler times for the Pats. It seems every year we get to this point where the Patriots are in jeopardy of losing key pieces, but they always find a way to make it work. As you can see, though, many of the pieces potentially up for the free agency market are key players. Of those who could possibly warrant franchise tag consideration, I think it would really only be Bennett and Hightower. Gronk’s health has been in question for years and we were able to see last season how much an athletic, reliable Tight End to be able to fill in means to this team. Tagging Bennett would mean paying him around $10 million for 2017, more than Gronk is set to make. There’s probably zero-no chance they let that happen. That leaves Hightower. While the Patriots have not used the tag often, the defensive captain has earned a long-term deal with the team. IF that has to come through a ~$15 million tag, so be it.

    Other Notable FA(s): Alan Branch – DT, Barkevious Mingo – OLB, Chris Long – DE, Jabaal Sheard – DE, LeGarrette Blount – RB, Michael Floyd – WR, Sebastian Vollmer – RT

  • New Orleans Saints

    Available Cap Space: $29.5 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Nick Fairley – DT
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~$13.5 Million

    It’s no secret that defense is not the New Saints strong-suit. Letting Fairley walk I think would be a big mistake. After recording 11.5 sacks in two years, he hit a rut in 2014 only playing eight games. The following year he left Detroit for St. Louis and was hardly a factor. He found his groove with New Orleans, starting all 16 games for the first time in his career, recorded 6.5 sacks and 29 tackles – both career highs. The Saints have more pressing needs than to worry about replacing an interior defensive lineman. The Saints really aren’t in a position to tag Fairley with all of their other needs across the board, but they need him back on the team. I think they get the negotiations flowing to keep him in NOLA before the March 9th deadline rolls around. Look for a contract around the 3-4 year range, upwards of $42 million.

    Other Notable FA(s): Jahri Evans – G, Paul Kruger – OLB, Roman Harper – S, Tim Hightower – RB, Travaris Cadet – RB

  • New York Giants

    Available Cap Space: $31.5 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Jason Pierre-Paul – DE

    Jonathan Hankins
    Franchise Tag Cost: ~13.5 Million

    JPP received the franchise tag once in his career…seven years ago. Hard to see that happening again, considering much has changed since then i.e. the fireworks incident. Also, it would cost the Giants 17 million. I digress…the player to consider for the tag should be Hankins. He’s young and he’s been a solid player for their defensive front. At 6,3″ 320 lbs. he’s a force to be reckoned with and since 2014 when Hankins has played in all 16 games he’s registered 10 sacks in total. The problem the Giants face is that they already have $9 million invested in Dwayne Harrison and Hankins likely won’t play for less than that. It seems to keep their defensive line as is, it’s tag or walk for Hankins.

    Other Notable FA(s): Bobby Rainey – RB, Larry Donnell – TE, Leon Hall – CB, Keenan Robinson – ILB, Rashad Jennings – RB, Robbie Gould – K, Victor Cruz – WR

  • New York Jets

    Available Cap Space: $1.5 Million

    No Notable FAs for the Franchise Tag

    Man, the Jets are a mess and 2017 won’t be the end-all to their problems. They have a long process of rebuilding ahead of them. Neither Geno Smith nor Ryan Fitzpatrick should be back fro the Jets in 2017 which may mean we see a lot more of Bryce Petty and possibly Christian Hackenberg in 2017? Who knows. Just know the Jets won’t be much to talk about for the foreseeable future.

    Other Notable FA(s): Geno Smith – QB, Kellen Davis – TE, Nick Folk – K, Ryan Clady – LT, Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB

  • Oakland Raiders

    Available Cap Space: $43.9 Million

    No Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    RB Latavius Murray is the lone FA who falls into the category but will not get franchise tagged. The team has to worry about the futures of Khalil Mack and breakout QB Derek Carr. They can’t invest money into a franchise tag. Especially not for someone that shared time for most of the year at his position. I think Oakland will and should bring Murray back but it’ll only be for a 3-year $20 million deal.

    Other Notable FA(s): D.J. Hayden – CB, Malcolm Smith – ILB, Matt McGloin – QB, Mychal Rivera – TE,  Nate Allen – S

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    Available Cap Space: $9.8 Million

    No Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag

    The Philadelphia Eagles really aren’t in a position to do much with little available cap space thanks to the $100 million deal DT Fletcher Cox is raking in. Or the $9 million per year Vinny Curry is making. In talking with fellow Senior Writer Zack Marmer (@leagueedge) he thinks a restructure of Jason Peters deal could free up around $20 million in space. Let’s say the Eagles find a way to make that happen. The one guy they could consider tagging would be DT Bennie Logan. Obviously, this would only be until the two sides reach a deal, but I think Logan will garner a lot of attention on the market. Teams like the Redskins have already been tied to Logan this offseason. It’s hard to imagine the Eagles paying yet another defensive lineman when Carson Wentz needs serious help on the offensive side, but Logan and Cox make a great duo. I’d try to do everything I could to seal that tandem up for years to come.

    Other Notable FA(s): Leodis McKelvin – CB, Nolan Carroll – CB, Stephen Tulloch – ILB

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    Available Cap Space: $24.3 Million

    Notable FA(s) for Franchise Tag:

    Le’Veon Bell
    Franchise Tag Cost: $12.4 Million

    It’s a lock that Bell will end up back in black and gold for 2017, most likely under the franchise tag. The one caveat is that Adrian Peterson affects how much Bell can make via the tag. If Peterson is released, his $14 million a year is off the table and LeSean would then be the highest paid RB and he’s only making $8 million per year. Bell dropped a rap song stating he wanted $15 million a year and that’s probably not at all in the cards for Pittsburgh. They want him, but they also have other needs, most importantly resigning Antonio Brown who will probably become the highest paid WR in the NFL. If there isn’t a deal in place by March 1st, Bell will be handed the franchise tag as the two sides continue to negotiate a long-term deal.

    Note: As of Monday, Pittsburgh places (exclusive) franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell

    Other Notable FA(s): Bruce Gradkowski – QB, DeAngelo Williams – RB, James Harrison – OLB, Jarvis Jones – OLB, Landry Jones – QB, Lawrence Timmons – ILB, Markus Wheaton – WR

  • San Francisco 49ers

    Available Cap Space: $78.2 Million

    Notable FA(s) for Franchise Tag:

    Glenn Dorsey – DT

    Phil Dawson – K

    Dorsey and Dawson (Wow, this could be a law firm name…) are the two most likely to have the chance of being franchise tagged, but neither one will get tagged. The 49ers have needs across their roster and while they have a plethora of space available it’s hard to see them use it on a tag for these two players. Dorsey hasn’t been relevant since Harbaugh went back to coach college ball and grandpa Dawson might be a couple years away from hanging it up as this could be his 19th season in the league. Of the two, I do expect Dawson to reach a deal. He’s been a pretty darn consistent kicker over the years and it just takes the need off the board for the 49ers.

    Other Notable FA(s): Blaine Gabbert – QB, Christian Ponder – QB, Jeremy Kerley – WR, Quintin Patton – WR, Shaun Draughn – RB

  • Seattle Seahawks

    Available Cap Space: $26.9 Million

    Notable FA(s) for Franchise Tag:

    Steven Hauschka – K
    Franchise Tag Cost: $4.9 Million

    Hauschka would be very much in the running for Seattle’s Franchise Tag. But then they had to go out and get Blair Walsh. Yuck. He’s a career 87 percent field goal kicker and 95 percent on extra points which is pretty solid. Hauschka has struggled, however, with the new extra point rules. He’s missed ten extra points since 2014. Prior to that, he had been 100 percent in four out of six seasons. Maybe they could possibly still tag him and they just added Walsh for insurance? Not likely, but that’s what I’m leaning toward seeing as how Walsh had a career low in field goal and extra point makes (under 80 percent for both categories).

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Available Cap Space: $61.9 Million

    No Notable FA(s) worth the Franchise Tag

    Secondary, Wide Receiver, Defensive Line, and Running Back are the three positions Tampa Bay needs to address this offseason. In their secondary, they already cut Alterraun Verner (not much of a loss) and Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald are not likely to come back for 2017. Fortunately, the upcoming draft is said to be littered with defensive backs so Tampa Bay will have ample opportunities to bolster their depth. Jacuizz Rodgers is an unrestricted free agent and filled in nicely at times in 2016 with Doug Martin dealing with suspension and Charles Sims going to IR. It would shock me if Rodgers didn’t get a one-two year deal. Then there’s Vincent Jackson. Tampa Bay will hit him hit the market. He’s 34-year old, declining WR who has zero ties to the current QB. I hope we get to see him suit up for someone for a chance at a bounce-back to end his career on a high note. It just won’t be with the Buccaneers.

    Other Notable FA(s): Akeem Spence – DT, Cecil Shorts – WR, Mike Glennon – QB, William Gholston – DE

  • Tennesee Titans

    Available Cap Space: $62.4 Million

    No Notable FA(s) worth the  Franchise Tag

    The Titans are in a great position with a ton of available cap space and not too many free agents they need to spend on. The most noteworthy guys to keep an eye on will be TE Anthony Fasano, G Chance Warmack, DT Karl Klug,  WR Kendall Wright, S Rashad Johnson and ILB Sean Spence. Warmack is a former first-round pick from Alabama, but I think he’s one foot out the door seeing as how he doesn’t have much to show for on his resume. Spence will likely be a free agent, too, for the same reason. Then there’s Kendall Wright who’s recently been a victim of the offensive system. Wright blossomed under the guidance of Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains in 2013 and OC Jason Michael in 2014. Now with HC Mike Mularkey and OC Terry Robiskie (plus the additions of Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry), the Titans are as run heavy as they’ve ever been. As for Fasano and Johnson, I see these guys reaching deals with the Titans just for the reason that they bring valuable veteran experience to the team.

  • Washington Redskins

    Available Cap Space: ~$59 Million

    Notable FA(s) for the Franchise Tag:

    Kirk Cousins – QB
    Franchise Tag Cost: $21.4 Million

    There is little to no doubt in my mind that Cousins will once again be playing under the franchise tag for the second year in a row. For whatever reason, the Redskins are still not convinced this is their man long-term. But they have to buy themselves more time to make a decision on the future. There really isn’t another “franchise QB” available through free agency and there aren’t any QBs they would be able to draft. I am baffled it has taken this long. I mean seriously, isn’t this the reason they drafted Cousins they same year they invested in RGIII? 54 touchdowns to 23 interceptions, a near 5,000 yard passing year in 2016 and two playoff games since being named the full-time starter. I have no vested interest in this team, but for their fans sake, I hope they get something done.

    Other Notable FA(s): DeSean Jackson – WR, Donte Whitner – S, Pierre Garcon – WR, Vernon Davis – TE

 

**Cap Space numbers derived from OverTheCap.com

Senior Writer and 1/4 of the TFA Podcast. Currently reside in Chicago, IL – the greatest city in the states. I support all Chicago sports, but I’m loyal to the Bears, Bulls, and Cubbies. Also a fan of the Steelers. Don’t @ me. Been playing Fantasy Football for years, most specifically redraft, but I dabble in dynasty, MFL10, and DFS. DFS is my vice. You can find me on Twitter @RyanAlexander_W talking mainly sports, and then whatever else is on my mind.

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