Which Players Will Most Likely Be Franchise Tagged in 2019?Yahoo SportsNovember 20, 2018
There have been more defensive players than offensive tagged in recent years (2015 being the only recent exception in the past five years).
And a little less than half the time, an extension can be reached before the player ever plays a down on the tag.
That’s to say I’m not projecting these players to play on a one-year, guaranteed deal next year, but simply that a team could tag them next spring.
It’s difficult to believe Los Angeles will have enough money to sign one to a long-term deal and still tag the other.
Joyner is playing on the franchise tag this year and could be tagged again (as we all know).
Ford is having his second great year in the past three seasons and would fetch nearly $20 million a year on the open market.
The Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes still on his rookie deal, so they’ll have the cap space for their elite pass rusher.
Lawrence seems to be an obvious choice for the tag and then the two sides can work on the longer-term deal by July.
The hope here would be striking an extension with the former first-rounder who’s finishing out his fifth-year option, but if not, the tag will likely be used by a team who has recent experience with it.
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The usage of the franchise tag on Johnson has proved to be the smart move when the alternative was giving him a second contract much larger than the deal he has almost completed now. But since then, the team has not recognized another scenario like Johnson’s worthy of using the tag. That could change with over 30 expiring contracts peeking over the horizon of 2019. As far as who would be reasonable candidates, that list…