2022 Franchise Tags: Adams, Gesicki, Godwin, Robinson
NFL Offseason - Here's our annual thread for discussing all the franchise tag decisions, which need to be made before Tuesday at 4pm Eastern time. The first announced franchise tag goes to Kansas City left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who made his third Pro Bowl last year in his first season with the Chiefs after a trade from the Baltimore Ravens.
Cleveland tight end David Njoku is a somewhat surprising franchise tag. He had 475 receiving yards last year, which didn't even put him in the top 20 for tight ends. Njoku has been negotiating a long-term extension with the Browns so this tag may just be a placeholder until they can finish that deal.
Cincinnati has tagged star safety Jessie Bates III.
Miami tagged tight end Mike Gesicki. This will be an interesting argument because Gesicki lined up in the slot or wide on roughly 85% of his snaps last year, but the difference between the tight end tag and the wide receiver tag is roughly $8 million per year.
Dallas tagged tight end Dalton Schultz. That makes three tight ends! It's not too tough to give that tag, under $11 million.
Ian Rapoport reports that the Buccaneers will give the franchise tag to wide receiver Chris Godwin for the second straight year unless they can work out a new contract by 4pm Tuesday.
Jacksonville tagged left tackle Cam Robinson, also for the second straight year.
The Packers will be tagging wide receiver Davante Adams.