The bulk of the NFL franchise tagged players have signed their tender and have either signed new deals or will end up playing on the tag. We’ll take you through all the players who received the tag this season. And as news comes in, we’ll update any movement on new deals or no deals as the July 15th deadline hits.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys ($31.4 million)
Prescott has signed his tender, but a new deal doesn’t look imminent as reports suggest the two sides aren’t even in talks at the moment, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Prescott is set to play on the tag, which will give the Cowboys a chance to see how he does under Mike McCarthy and give their presumed franchise quarterback another shot to up his price. A deal will get done next off season unless something goes horribly wrong in the meantime.
Derrick Henry, RB, Titans ($10.3 million)
UPDATE: Henry signed a four-year, $50 million extension at the deadline.
Henry looks like he won’t get a new contract, instead playing on his 1-year tender. Running back value remains low, but Henry is the one running back who an NFL team has built their offense around. If he has another huge year it will be difficult for the Titans to not pay him moving forward.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals ($17.9 million)
Green doesn’t appear to be getting a new deal coming off multiple injuries, but will likely play on the tag, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. At 31 and his recent injury history, Green will need to stay healthy and put up a strong season to give himself option next year.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers ($10.6 million)
Henry signed his franchise tag and seems content to play out the year. His injury troubles early in his career have likely given the team some pause on a long term contract. Henry has shown plenty of offensive prowess and just needs to stay on the field to get himself a new contract next off season.
Chris Jones, DE, Chiefs
Jones signed a 4-year, $85 million contract with $37 million guaranteed.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jaguars ($17.8 million)
Ngakoue very much wants out of Jacksonville based on his repeatedly saying he wants out of Jacksonville. The Jaguars haven’t been accommodating though. The team has been unwilling to trade their young star defensive end despite plenty of interest, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He could still be traded in the season, but it is unlikely he plays on the franchise tag.
Justin Simmons, S, Broncos ($11.4 million)
The Broncos safety doesn’t appear like he will get a long term deal, per Mike Klis of 9News. The star player will look to play himself into more money in 2020.
Shaquil Barrett, LB, Buccaneers ($15.8 million)
Barrett filed a grievance to get paid as a defensive end instead of linebacker, but will likely lose that grievance and play on the linebacker tender this season. After a breakout last year where he led the league in sacks, the Bucs appear to want to see him prove it wasn’t a fluke in 2020.
Joe Thuney, G, Patriots ($14.8 million)
Thuney signed his tender quickly after getting the franchise tag and appears set to play on the tag this season.
Brandon Scherff, G, Washington ($15.0 million)
Scherff appears like he’ll play on the franchise tag this season, per ESPN’s Jon Keim. Washington is still in a rebuild and this season looks like it will be one to help coach Ron Rivera a chance to evaluate and move forward.
Leonard Williams, DL, Giants ($16.1 million)
Williams didn’t do much to deserve the franchise tag but the Giants had to save face after giving up a pair of picks for him. He will play on the tag and will need to have a strong season to live up to the tag and a new contract.
Matt Judon, LB, Ravens ($16.8 million)
Judon won’t receive a new deal and will play on the franchise tag this season. He’s been a trade candidate for Baltimore recently and doesn’t appear to be in their long term plans after this year.
Bud Dupree, LB, Steelers ($15.8 million)
Dupree and the Steelers don’t appear to be on track for a new contract. Dupree set a career high with 11.5 sacks last season and could be on his way out of Pittsburgh after this season.
Anthony Harris, S, Vikings ($11.4 million)
The Vikings and Harris seemed to be on track for a new contract, but it’s coming down to the wire.