NFL Rumors: Franchise Tag Deadline Extended Until Monday Amid CBA Talks

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2020

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The NFL has reportedly extended the deadline for teams to use their franchise tag from Thursday to Monday, March 16, amid the Players Association's final vote on a new collective bargaining agreement.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the update.

The NFLPA announced Monday it increased the amount of time players have to cast their CBA vote:


An update on our CBA vote: https://t.co/d8P5KoFYP6

It's going to create a chaotic stretch.

Players must cast their ballot by Saturday night, and it hasn't been revealed when the results will be announced. The franchise tag deadline is Monday, with the legal tampering period opening immediately after; after that, players will be free to sign with new teams next Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

So far, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is the only player tagged, though the list should grow once there's more clarity on the CBA.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott headline the other high-profile tag candidates if they don't reach an extension agreement before Monday.

The pending free agents who aren't tagged will join a free-agent class led by legendary New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Put it all together, and the NFL could look a whole lot different in 10 days.