With NFL free agency steadily approaching, there are a number of players teams would like to keep around, but can't reach a long-term agreement with. In this scenario the teams can use the franchise tag, which signs a player to a 1-year deal for the amount that is the average of what the top-5 highest paid players at that position receive.
Let's take a look at four players who could get hit with the franchise tag this offseason.
4. Landon Collins, Giants
Both the Giants and Collins seem to be on the same page about him being in New York long term, but whether they can agree on a deal is another story. Collins ended the last two seasons on the IR, so, despite being one of the league's most talented young safeties, there are some injury concerns at this point. Both sides would probably prefer a long-term deal gets done before the deadline, but it doesn't always work out that way.
3. Dee Ford, Chiefs
Ford is coming off a career year, but the Chiefs may not want to pay him like a superstar yet. Locking Ford up with the franchise tag allows the Chiefs time to see if he can match that performance and prove he deserves a long-term, big-money deal.
2. Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney has turned into the guy the Texans thought he would be when they drafted him first overall. Though they would like to sign him to a long-term deal, the two sides might not be able to get it done by the March 5 deadline. Clowney plays both LB and DE. Getting tagged as a DE would pay him a projected $3 million more next season.
1. Demarcus Lawrence
Lawrence got hit with the tag last year and is a prime candidate to have it happen again in 2019. The franchise tag would cost the Cowboys $20.5 million for one year of Lawrence's services, but that's not a terrible price to pay for a guy who has recorded 25 sacks over the last two seasons.
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