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Who are the top offensive NFL players likely to get tagged in 2022?

We identify the top candidates who could receive franchise or transition tags for the NFL’s 2022 season.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) walks off the field after a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL offseason heating up, we will soon see some decisions made on players who can be franchise tagged. There are three options for players who are franchise tagged. There is the non-exclusive franchise tag, exclusive franchise tag and transition tag.

The non-exclusive franchise tag is where players can negotiate with other teams, but their current team can always match the offer. If the team declines to match the other teams offer, they are awarded two first-round picks for compensation. This is the most common tag used.

The exclusive franchise tag is where the player gets an average of the five largest salaries in player contracts for that year. They cannot negotiate with other teams and this is more rare.

Lastly, the transition tag is where a player gets average of the 10 largest salaries in player contracts at his position for that year. Players can discuss with other teams and their current team can match. If the team doesn’t match, they don’t receive any compensatory picks.

Here are a few offensive players who could get franchise tagged this offseason.


Jameis Winston - Saints

Franchise: $28,598,000
Transition: $25,651,000

Running backs

Cordarrelle Patterson - Falcons

Franchise: $12,536,000
Transition: $10,148,000

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams - Packers
Mike Williams - Chargers

Franchise: $19,127,000
Transition: $16,740,000

Tight end

Mike Gesicki - Dolphins
Dalton Schultz - Cowboys
David Njoku - Browns

Franchise: $10,834,000
Transition: $9,332,000

Offensive line

Orlando Brown Jr. - Chiefs
Terron Armstead - Saints
Cam Robinson - Jaguars

Franchise: $16,698,000
Transition: $14,997,000