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NFL franchise tag deadline: Bucs hold onto Chris Godwin; Chargers not tagging TE Hunter Henry

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers slapped the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers slapped the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin.Kevin Sabitus/Associated Press

The deadline for NFL teams to designate the franchise tag on players was Tuesday at 4 p.m. 10 teams used the tag, including the Dallas Cowboys, who used it on Dak Prescott but have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract with their two-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Here are some the players that have been designated, and the projected values for their position according to Over the Cap:

▪ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are holding on to one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, Chris Godwin. The former Penn State star was set to become a free agent, and some reports indicated the Patriots might have been interested in acquiring his services. Godwin, 24, caught 65 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games last season as the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. Wide receivers tagged are projected to receive $16,430,000.

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▪ Another wide receiver, Allen Robinson, has been tagged by the Chicago Bears after posting 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns in 2020.

Justin Simmons, who played at Boston College, will be franchised by the Denver Broncos. The projected tender for safeties is just under $11.2 million.

▪ With Trevor Lawrence expected to be headed to Jacksonville in next month’s draft, the Jaguars will be counting on Cam Robinson to protect his blind side. The offensive tackle out of Alabama has played his entire four-year career in Jacksonville, and started all 16 games last year. The tag for offensive lineman is expected to be a little more than $14.5 million.

▪ Robinson isn’t the only offensive tackle staying put. The Carolina Panthers have franchised Taylor Moton. The former second-round pick out of Western Michigan will turn 27 next week and has spent his entire four-year career in Carolina.

▪ Safety Marcus Maye, a second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2017, has been franchised. The Florida product became a leader for the Jets defense after the team parted ways with Jamal Adams.

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Defensive back Marcus Maye was hit with the franchise tag by the Jets.
Defensive back Marcus Maye was hit with the franchise tag by the Jets.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

▪ Defensive tackle Leonard Williams was franchised by the Giants. The six-year veteran had a career-high 11.5 sacks last season and is projected to make $15,657,000.

▪ The New Orleans Saints tagged safety Marcus Williams. In four years with the Saints, Williams has recorded 247 total tackles and 13 interceptions.

▪ Four-time Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff will be staying with the Washington Football Team, although who the seven-year veteran will be blocking for is still a question after the club released quarterback Alex Smith.

Equally intriguing is the list of players who will not be franchised, and thus will be eligible for free agency and would certainly be appealing to Patriots fans.

▪ The Detroit Lions informed wide receiver Kenny Golladay they will not use the tag on him. Golladay reportedly turned down an extension last year, then managed just 20 receptions and two touchdowns in five games in 2020.

▪ The Los Angeles Chargers will not franchise tight end Hunter Henry. The Arkansas product posted a career-high 60 receptions in 2020.

▪ Another tight end set to hit the market is Tennessee’s Jonnu Smith, who posted career-highs with 41 receptions for 448 yards and eight touchdowns for the Titans in 2020.

▪ Linebacker Bud Dupree will not be franchised by the Steelers and will become a free agent.

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