When NFL teams get desperate to get return value for their players, they franchise tag them. Here are some teams that should be interested in making a trade
With the NFL’s franchise tag deadline on March 16th, teams who are scared of losing impact players for nothing have used the franchise tag on them. While the franchise tag was originally intended to give teams more time to hammer out a long term deal with a player before he hits the open market, it is hardly utilized in that way. As of late, teams have expected players to play on the franchise tag, or used the tag to facilitate a trade to get some return value for the player they believed they were going to lose.
Trading a player on the franchise tag can present some hoops to jump through. Teams who are trading the player normally have to take 75 cents on the dollar in terms of value. The team acquiring the player likely would not want to give up multiple draft picks as well as a big contract. With that being said, acquiring a player worthy of a franchise tag still demands for premium draft capital, such as late first round picks and second round picks.
Last season, there were some big names moved after being hit with the franchise tag. The Seattle Seahawks, like many teams, absolutely robbed the Houston Texans for Jadeveon Clowney. The Houston Texans received a third round pick and two backup linebackers. That is the exception to the rule. Most tag and trade deals look like the one between Kansas City and the Seahawks last off-season. The Chiefs gave up a first round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, a 2020 second round pick and a third round pick swap in 2019.