It’s deadline day for franchise tags, and here’s where they stand or what we anticipate in the AFC South.
If they don’t tag versatile safety Glover Quin, they run the risk of creating a hole in the starting defense that won’t be easy to fill. They want to hold the core of this team together and Quin’s been a good player. I would think they could work out a long-term deal eventually, and burning the tag on Quin won’t hurt them as they have no one else in need of the designation. It will ensure they have to make some sort of salary-cap moves by March 12 because they are $5.768 million under and the franchise tag at safety is $6.916 million.
The Colts have tagged punter Pat McAfee, who’s completely fine with the designation that’s worth $$2.977 million. “It's an honor to know that I'll be a member of the Indianapolis Colts for at least another year,” said McAfee in the team’s news release announcing the move. “I love the city, I love the team, and I love being a member of the community. I obviously hope to work out a long-term deal to stay here forever, but one more guaranteed year is awesome. Go Colts.”
New general manager David Caldwell told the Florida Times-Union during the combine that the Jaguars won’t use a franchise tag.
The Titans have long been expected to tag tight end Jared Cook. The tight end number is $6.066 million. But, as first reported by The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt during the combine, Cook’s agent will make a play for the wide receiver tag of $10.537 million instead. The CBA says “that the tender will apply to the position in which the player participated in the most plays.” Just because the Cook was in the slot more than he was on the line (with snaps out wide as well) doesn’t make him a wide receiver -- it makes him a tight end who doesn't block real well. The matter could wind up in the hands of an arbitrator. If he or she decided Cook’s a receiver, the definition of tight ends should then change all around the league.