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Sport Breaking down the franchise tag deadline

17:31  17 july  2017
17:31  17 july  2017 Source:   thescore.com

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  Report: NBA moves trade deadline to before All-Star break The month of February will feel a little different for NBA fans next seasons. The league’s board of governors approved a change to the league calendar Tuesday, moving the trade deadline up by two weeks to the second Thursday in February, Yahoo’s Shams Charania reports.

Monday marks this summer's franchise tag deadline , the last day a player given the franchise tag can negotiate a long-term contract extension ahead of the 2017 season.

Monday marks this summer's franchise tag deadline , the last day a player given the franchise tag can negotiate a long-term contract extension ahead of the 2017 season.

  Breaking down the franchise tag deadline © Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports Monday marks this summer's franchise tag deadline, the last day a player given the franchise tag can negotiate a long-term contract extension ahead of the 2017 season. If the player and team cannot agree to a deal, the player will be subjected to the stipulations of the tag for the upcoming season.

What does that mean for the players and the teams involved? Here's a quick guide to Monday's deadline.

Le'Veon Bell

Bell possesses a strong case to be considered as the NFL's best running back, and the 25-year-old wants to be paid accordingly. Under the terms of the franchise tag, Bell would play the upcoming season on a one-year, $12.1-million contract, a figure that would make him the league's highest-paid running back by a wide margin. Buffalo's LeSean McCoy and Carolina's Jonathan Stewart will earn $8 million in 2017, the second-highest figures for a running back.

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The deadline for NFL teams to designate franchise or transition players passed at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday with a fair amount of activity, all of it impactful. For others, it’s a thrilling day, as the franchise tag numbers have grown so large that some players don’t mind the tag anymore.

Breaking down the pick: Why Redskins went with Payne. 1:03. The franchise tag signing deadline is rapidly approaching and a large handful of NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins, have yet to get their deals done.

Many analysts have argued that it's unwise to pay a premium for a running back, with numerous backs getting touches and a relatively short, finite window in the league before they become replaceable again. Bell is the outlier in this framework, emerging as a genuine superstar and is entering his peak at 25. It's a tough decision for the Steelers with Bell already commanding top dollar at this position, but he's also a budding superstar that continues to make his team a perennial Super Bowl contender.

Kirk Cousins

After Cousins excelled as the Redskins' starter in 2015, the organization hedged against the prospect of him repeating his performance during the 2016 campaign, and lost. Cousins earned his first Pro Bowl selection while solidifying his status as the engineer of the Redskins' offense, a development that caught the franchise by surprise. Both parties tried to reach a long-term deal before free agency, but Cousins became the first quarterback to receive the franchise tag in consecutive years.

Report: Steelers still desire long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell

  Report: Steelers still desire long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell While the July 17 deadline to sign him to a long term deal is fast approaching, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to do just that with Le’Veon Bell. Recent reports have indicated that Bell is not likely to sign a long-term deal with the Steelers. But regardless of that, it’s still something Pittsburgh is hoping to do.“With the Steelers expected to press Le’Veon Bell’s franchise tag negotiation toward the Monday deadline, the team still desires to complete a long-term deal with their star back,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler wrote.

Last year, the Broncos put the franchise tag on left tackle Ryan Clady. They went right up to the deadline of mid-July to come to a new agreement. He runs crisp routes, gets his head around quickly after making a break and he gets his hands up quickly when a pass is coming in.

With the deadline looming for applying the franchise tag , the Packers are once again unlikely to use the tag . In 2006, they used the tag on Corey Williams and then traded him to the Cleveland Browns. In 2010, Ryan Pickett was tagged , but later agreed to a

Related: Cousins unlikely to sign before deadline, open to deal after season

Cousins will earn $23.93 million under the terms of the franchise tag for the upcoming season, barring a last-minute, long-term deal, a notion that seems extremely unlikely based off the reports emanating from the nation's capital. This would make him the NFL's fifth highest-paid quarterback in 2017, trailing Derek Carr, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, and Drew Brees. While some believe Cousins doesn't belong in that tier of quarterbacks, he's proved to be a capable starter with a few flashes of stardom throughout his two years as the full-time starter.

Now the Redskins face a dilemma with Cousins, as a third consecutive franchise tag on him would present an unpalatable figure for the organization, currently operating without a general manager. In any event, Cousins is destined to get paid, it's just a matter of by whom.

Report: No deals close for any franchise tagged players

  Report: No deals close for any franchise tagged players With the July 17 deadline breathing down their necks, there are currently no deals in sight for Kirk Cousins, Le’Veon Bell or Trumaine Johnson. With Monday's 4 pm deadline to sign franchise players looming, no deals close for Kirk Cousins, Le'Veon Bell, Trumaine Johnson at this time.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 16, 2017All three of these men were slapped with the franchise tag, though only Bell has yet to sign his. If they don’t have long-term deals inked before the deadline, then they will be forced to play out the 2017 NFL season on their franchise tags.

But the franchise tag for offensive lineman would pay him around million. Then again, the tag could be used as more of an extension to get a deal done between now and the middle of July, which is when the deadline to sign tagged players to long-term deal takes place.

Five of them went for franchise tags and one transition tag was also used before the deadline passed. He said on Monday that he’s grateful for the opportunity to “ break the bank” next year, which suggests he may wind up playing out the year with the .1 million salary mandated by the tag .

Trumaine Johnson

Johnson played the best football of his career in 2015, recording seven interceptions, forcing the Rams to choose between retaining him or Janoris Jenkins. The Rams opted to use the franchise tag on Johnson, allowing Jenkins to sign with the New York Giants in free agency. Johnson submitted a solid, if unspectacular season last fall, and the Rams franchise tagged him for the second consecutive year, creating a real dilemma.

Under the terms of the franchise tag, Johnson will be paid a whopping $16.74 million in 2017, the highest figure of any cornerback in the NFL. For a player that many would hesitate to label a top-20 cornerback in the league, Johnson is being paid like a perennial All-Pro, largely based off his body of work in 2015. If the Rams allow Johnson to walk after the 2017 season, they'd sport one of the most woefully overmatched cornerback groups in the league, but would have to keep the 27-year-old at an exorbitant price. With this in mind, it seems unlikely both parties will reach a deal at the 11th hour.

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