How the NFL franchise tag works

The heart of NFL free agency starts March 12, when teams can begin meeting and negotiating with representatives of free agents. But it really began, in earnest, Tuesday, when the window opened for teams to use franchise or transitional tags.

Top 2018 NFL free agents like Le’Veon Bell could be candidates for their teams’ respective franchise tags. Bell, however, was franchise-tagged in 2017, and he recently said he won’t play if the same thing happens to him in 2018.

The franchise tag allows teams to lock up a top free agent for one season. Some free agents want to cash in with massive, long-term contracts filled, including guaranteed money. If teams aren’t ready to commit to that type of deal, the tag gives them more time to work out a long-term extension, or evaluate a given player’s value for another season.

The franchise tag gives players basically no leverage, unless a player decides to not sign it and sit out the next season. Von Miller threatened to do that in 2016 before signing a six-year, $114.5 million contract with the Broncos.

Players who are tagged run the risk getting injured or playing poorly on their one-year deals, which would negatively affect their value on the free-agent market. Most players don’t like the franchise tag.

That his second career choice now involves punching out crime isn’t out of character for the son of an Army sergeant who graduated from Louisiana-Lafayette with a degree in criminal justice and spent some of his NFL offseasons working with law enforcement personnel.

Investigators believe Jackson and 54-year-old ride-share driver Jeffrey Monroe pulled to the side of Interstate 70 due to Jackson becoming ill. Both Jackson and Monroe were outside the vehicle when a pickup truck swerved into the emergency shoulder striking and killing both men.

It is believed to be a case of drunk driving, according to Sgt. John Perrine. Via the Indianapolis Star:

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis, tried to flee the scene on foot.

He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by Mays, police said.

”It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Perrine said in a statement. ”He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.”jays_322_c2f803b9c1613618-180x180