Three teams have placed their Franchise Tag on players.
The Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, and Seattle Seahawks all used their Franchise Tags early this afternoon. All three teams used it on a star defensive player.
Dallas Cowboys: DE, DeMarcus Lawrence
In 2018, Lawrence had 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and an interception along with 2 forced fumbles. The cowboys want to get a deal done with Lawrence, but have other things on their agenda as well. Such as giving quarterback, Dak Prescott, an extension. This move makes a lot of sense by Dallas as they don’t want to see their star pass rusher walk.
Houston Texans: DE, Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney has really come onto the scene for the Texans and has really been playing well the last few season. Injuries have been a problem, but he Texans do feel comfortable keeping the former first-overall pick of 2014 for the long run. However, no deal was insight so they tagged the pass rusher. Clowney finished with 47 tackles and 9 sacks this season. It would be hard to let him go especially since J.J. Watt is lining up on the other side of him. The Texans’ have a strong defensive front seven.
Seattle Seahawks: DE, Frank Clark
The Seahawks placed their Tag on their 4th year defensive end, Frank Clark. Clark has been playing some really solid football the last few seasons and this season was no exception. Clark racked up 41 tackles, 13 sacks, and an interception. Seattle definitely wants to get a deal done, but they need more time. Instead Clark will be tagged and could even increase his stock.
All three of these defensive ends should get paid big money, we’ll just have to wait and see.
(Written by Seth Cohen, a writer for Tailgate Athletics and owner of @tailgatenflnews on Instagram.)