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Franchise Tag Tracker: NFL Franchise Tag Deadline, Meaning, News and Rumors (Updated)

Jason Schandl
NFL franchise tag meaning explained, deadline and latest news and rumors.
NFL franchise tag meaning explained, deadline and latest news and rumors. / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL franchise tag deadline is looming with the start of the new league year (and free agency) approaching on March 17. The league's franchise tag deadlines and rules aren't always totally clear, but every year fans can expect plenty of teams to use the tag.

Here's everything fans need to know about the franchise tag, as well as a full list of players franchise tagged on Tuesday.

What is NFL Franchise Tag

The NFL franchise tag is a one-year designation that teams may place on a player to prevent them from hitting free agency. NFL.com provides the following definition:

This is a one-year tender of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position over the last five years, or 120 percent of his previous salary, whichever is greater. The player can negotiate with other teams. The player's current team has the right to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs with another club.

Kevin Patra, NFL.com

NFL Franchise Tag Deadline

The NFL's 2022 franchise tag deadline is at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The next deadline is for teams to reach a contract extension with a franchise tagged player. This needs to happen, or else the player will become a free agent the following year, is at 4 p.m. EST on July 15, 2022.

List of Franchise Tag Players

The following players have received the franchise tag designation for 2022. (Last updated: March 8, 9:15 a.m. EST)

  • Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Kansas City Chiefs
  • David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
  • Jessie Bates, S, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

Davante Adams Franchise Tag

One of the biggest potential free agents of the 2022 NFL offseason, Davante Adams' future as a Green Bay Packer may depend on the franchise tag. The Packers have yet to officially decide on whether they will franchise tag Adams.

Chris Godwin Franchise Tag

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not yet officially used the franchise tag on Chris Godwin, but reports are that they are expected to have a "90% chance" of franchise tagging Godwin.

Be sure to check back in throughout the day for all the latest franchise tag news and rumors.


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