The NFL franchise tag is an easy way for teams to retain some of their best players without committing to them long term. If there is a concern about a player’s age or health, it’s an important tool for teams to use to keep some of their most talented players.
The deadline for team’s to designate a player with the franchise tag is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Detroit Lions aren’t expected to use the tag this year, but that doesn’t mean this deadline isn’t important for Detroit. Other teams have already used the tag, meaning that certain potential free agent targets aren’t likely to hit the market (unless they hold out and the team removes the tag).
So we’re going to be tracking all of the taggings done this year, and will also mention some notable players that have not received the designation. We’ll be live updating this post as news comes in, so stick around all day until the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Tuesday.
Players who have received the franchise tag designation
- 49ers K Robbie Gould
- Seahawks DE Frank Clark
- Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney
- Chiefs DE Dee Ford
- Falcons DT Grady Jarrett
- Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (though it’s notable Lawrence said he wouldn’t play on the franchise tag a second consecutive year)
Notable players not tagged
- Giants S Landon Collins - “Unlikely” to receive tag per Ian Rapoport
- Ravens LB C.J. Mosley - Has been told by team he’s not getting tagged per Adam Schefter
- Vikings LB Anthony Barr - “Not expected” to receive franchise tag per Chris Tomasson
- Patriots DE Trey Flowers - NE “not planning” to franchise Flowers, per Schefter
UPDATE: The deadline has passed and no last-minute tags were made. Only the six teams above used the designation.