NFL free agency 2018: Who received the franchise tag, and what are the tags worth?

NFL teams placed the franchise tag Tuesday on five potential unrestricted free agents, the fewest since 2006. Additionally, one player received the transition tag, the first time in three years that designation was used.

Franchise-tagged players can now sign a one-year tender at a predetermined salary (either the average of the five highest salaries at the player’s position or 120 percent of the player’s cap number from the previous season, whichever is greater), or sit out certain organized team functions and hold out for a long-term contract. Players have until July 16 to work out long-term deals; after that, they either have to play under the tag or continue to hold out.

MORE: Everything you need to know about the franchise tag

Who received the franchise tag?

As mentioned, five players received the franchise tag. One of them, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, was tagged as an exclusive franchise player, meaning he can only negotiate with Pittsburgh. The other four received what is known as a non-exclusive tag and can negotiate with other teams. If a non-exclusive player receives an offer sheet from another team, the tagging team can match the offer or let the player go and receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.

Below are the NFL players who received the franchise or transition tag in 2018:

Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Lions


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