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Sport Everything you need to know about the NFL’s franchise tag in a 2-minute read

20:55  19 february  2018
20:55  19 february  2018 Source:   sbnation.com

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Sometimes, everything works out for both. Other times, a rift forms between the two sides without reaching a resolution. Tuesday may be the first day teams can use the franchise tag ; however, a final decision isn't needed until the 4 p.m. deadline on March 6.

Share The 2018 NFL franchise tag explained in a 2 - minute read . Important dates to know : Teams could start to apply these designations to players on Feb.

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NFL teams can start using the franchise tag on Feb. 20. The whole thing can be confusing, but we’re here to help.

The franchise tag is a system that allows teams to hold on to top talent instead of letting them hit free agency. It gives teams and players a window of a few months to work out a long-term deal. If that doesn’t happen by the deadline, then the player gets paid an average of the top salaries at his position. But even though that winds up being a ton of money, players aren’t big fans of the tag.

Here’s everything you need to know about the franchise tag.

There are three different types of franchise tags.Teams can use the exclusive, non-exclusive, or transition tag. The non-exclusive tag, which allows players to negotiate with other clubs even as their team holds the right to match, is the most common.

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The NFL introduced the franchise tag in 1993 as a way for teams to retain players for one more year without letting them hit free agency. It continues to be a highly criticized tool by players across the league.

Important dates to know: Teams can start to apply these designations to players on Feb. 20 and have until March 6 at 4 p.m. ET to do so. Most players who are set to hit free agency when the new league year begins on March 14 are eligible for the tag. And if the player and team are going to work out a long-term deal, that has to happen no later than July 16. If not, the tagged player will play that season under the tag.

Are there players who can’t be tagged? Yes, but it’s rare. This year, free-agents-to-be Drew Brees and Nate Solder have clauses in their contracts blocking the franchise tag from being applied. Brees, who has been given the franchise tag twice in his career, will almost certainly re-sign with the Saints. The Patriots will also try to lock down left tackle Solder, but he could hit the open market.

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Monday, March 4 is the final day that NFL teams can use the franchise designation on a player, and if you have ever had any questions about this process, we have the answers you seek. The franchise tag is a tool teams have to help manage the salary cap, but it' s one players and agents abhor.

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Which players might get tagged? There are a few notable names on the list, including Kirk Cousins. Yes, you read that correctly, and no, this is not an article from 2017. Washington is reportedly considering slapping a tag on Cousins for a third consecutive year despite trading for Alex Smith.

Le’Veon Bell could get also get the tag for the second straight year as the Steelers try to work out a long-term deal with the star running back. Other candidates include Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah, Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham, Vikings QB Case Keenum, Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence, Panthers G Andrew Norwell, Seahawks DT Sheldon Richardson, and Rams WR Sammy Watkins.

That’s quite a list of players who might be mad this offseason.

Why do players hate the franchise tag? Even if their team is willing to work toward a long-term deal, the franchise tag means the player won’t have much leverage in those negotiations.

In free agency, competition from other teams can drive up a player’s price. That is eliminated when a player’s operating under the franchise tag. And if a player doesn’t land a long-term deal with his team after being tagged, he has no security after that season.

Why do teams like the tag? It gives them control over a star player’s future and some flexibility and time to work out a long-term deal. Plus, that whole loss of leverage thing that players hate? Well, that works in teams’ favor when negotiating contracts.

So that’s why you’ll see teams slapping tags on players as soon as they’re allowed to do so. It’s also why you may see Bell hold out again if the Steelers do choose to tag him for a second time.

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