Today is the day when players around the NFL who had the Franchise Tag placed on them by their team either sign a long term deal, sign their Franchise Tag offer, or sit out for a while hoping it all works out for the best. Here is the list of players affected courtesy of PFT.
Chiefs: Receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Ravens: Running back Ray Rice.
49ers: Safety Dashon Goldson.
Bears: Running back Matt Forte.
Lions: Defensive end Cliff Avril.
Jaguars: Kicker Josh Scobee.
Signed franchise tender
Falcons: Cornerback Brent Grimes. (Signed the one-year, $10.4 million franchise tender on April 24.)
Redskins: Tight end Fred Davis. (Davis and the Redskins were engaged in talks about a long-term deal, but he’ll play this season for the one-year franchise salary of $5.4 million.)
Bengals: Kicker Mike Nugent. (Signed the one-year, $2.654 million franchise tender on April 25.)
Browns: Kicker Phil Dawson. (Signed the one-year, $3.81 million tender on March 13.)
Patriots: Receiver Wes Welker. (Welker said he’d like to sign a long-term deal, but talks between his camp and the Patriots were described as nonexistent.)
Saints: Quarterback Drew Brees. (Signed five-year, $100 million contract on July 13.)
Signing the Franchise Tag is certainly not a bad thing for the player, except it puts his free agency off for one more year, but being guaranteed the average salary of the top 5 players at your position usually eases the pain. As you can see the Giants handled their business early with Punter Steve Weatherford and have no pressing business this afternoon.