The Arizona Cardinals did not use the franchise tag in 2020, they did however use the transition tag on Kenyan Drake and it seems like things will not be working out to get a long-term deal done before that expires on July 22, 2020.
However, plenty of NFL teams used the franchise tag in 2020, meaning that many of these players will be looking to cash in again.
Let’s take a look.
Shaq Barrett, Edge, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The 2019 sack champion is on a one-year franchise tag that is under review with Barrett and Drew Rosenhaus having filed a grievance for a different designation of his position. Can’t see Barrett playing for the Bucs after 2020.
Bud Dupree, Edge, Pittsburgh Steelers - Dupree broke out in his fifth season, racking up 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in his best season as a pro.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals - Interesting that Green is not buying in to the new Bengals.
Anthony Harris, S, Minnesota Vikings - Harris had his best season as a pro in 2019 and the Vikings want to make sure he can back it up in 2020.
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers - Henry is coming off his best season as a pro and that is saying something. The Chargers wanted to make sure he is healthy, something that he has struggled with in his career.
Matthew Judon, Edge, Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens rarely pay their players long-term. Judon is no exception and they’ll give him one year while they find their replacement. 2021 target, but could be tough.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars - This has been one of the worst case scenarios in the franchise tag situations. The Jaguars are still fielding trade offers, but this relationship is broken. 2021 target, but could be tough.
Brandon Scherff, OG, Washington - Great guard, huge issues in Washington. 2021 target.
Justin Simmons, S, Denver - Simmons could be a player to watch next year as the Cardinals look at what to do with Budda Baker.
Joe Thuney, OG, New England Patriots - No one knows what is going on in New England, but Thuney could be a name to watch in the 2021 offseason.
Leonard Williams, DL, New York Giants - The Giants have invested heavily in Williams, so they made sure they kept him for another season at least. Potentially a name to watch in 2021.