The "franchise tag" has become one of the most controversial terms in all of football. Team's see it as a way of keeping star players under their control. On the other hand, the players see it as a way for organizations to prevent them from making as much money as they think they deserve.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal in 2021. With the way he played last season, it's not shocking to know that he'll want a huge payday when his fifth-year option is up. However, the football world saw how long it took for the Dallas Cowboys to lock Dak Prescott down wit the franchise tag. Could the same happen to Allen in Buffalo?
Allen joined "10 Questions" host Kyle Brandt on his show this week and had a pretty hilarious answer when asked about the possibility of being franchise tagged.
"Ew," Allen said. "I don't think it's great for the team, nor the player"
"I need to do more research on it, but if you look at the guys that've been tags in the past couple years, as far as the quarterback position goes, it was Dak, and Kirk Cousins," Allen added, saying that no matter what happens, he won't stop from being the best he can be for the Bills.
At the end of the day, despite how frustrating it was, being franchise tagged worked out for Prescott. Prescott wound up signing a six-year, $240 million contract back in March and Allen certainly wouldn't bat his eyes at a contract like that. On the other hand, the Washington Football Team franchise tagged Cousins twice, which ultimately pushed him to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. Bills fans are hoping the same doesn't happen with their quarterback.
Allen had a career-best year in 2020. He threw for 4,544 yards and connected for 37 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Allen also added 421 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. His play was a big part of getting the Bills to being one win shy of making the Super Bowl. If Allen can help them repeat that success or better, he won't be saying "Ew" the next time he looks at his bank account.
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