Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 Days
Bryant officially received the franchise tag Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.
Bryant and the Cowboys will now try to iron out a long-term contract. While the situation will certainly grab headlines, there's little question that Bryant will have a star on his helmet in 2015.
Cortland Finnegan DB MIA 2 Days
Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Finnegan started all 12 games he played in 2014, but he'll likely have trouble finding another starting job, in the wake of a lackluster season. Having recently turned 31, Finnegan has minimal upside for both real-life and IDP purposes.
Charles Clay TE MIA 2 Days1 Comment
The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere, though it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.
Stephen Gostkowski K NE 2 Days
The Patriots used their franchise tag on Gostkowski, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Excellent on both field goals and kickoffs, Gostkowski is unquestionably one of the top two or three kickers, both in real life and for fantasy. There was never much doubt he'd return to New England, and the team's use of the franchise tag all but ensures that fate.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 2 Days
Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchise tag for the 2015 season Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Pierre-Paul was expected to receive the tag if the two sides couldn't reach a long-term contract extension prior to the deadline. Since the latter hasn't materialized, the former has. It's likely that Pierre-Paul won't sign the tag right away as the two sides continue to negotiate for a longer deal. If that doesn't occur, the 26-year-old would end up making $14.8 million in 2015. Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and three forced fumbles, much improved over the 2013 season, when he was only able to take the field in 11 of 16 games and start six.
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 2 Days
Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, but will keep the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Thomas snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.
Justin Houston LB KC 2 Days
Houtson will receive the Chiefs' franchise tag for the 2015 season, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.
Houston will earn nearly $14 million for the 2015 campaign. The outside linebacker/defensive end recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single season record of 22.5. Given the potential salary Houston could earn on the open market, the Chiefs are likely keeping Houston at a fair price.
Ndamukong Suh DL DET 2 Days1 Comment
Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchise tag for the 2015 season.
Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, Suh will likely become a free agent and will be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a large contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.
Travis Kelce TE KC 2 Days7 Comments
Kelce will likely take on a bigger role in the offense in the 2015 season following the release of Anthony Fasano on Thursday.
Kelsey led the Chiefs with 67 catches and 162 receiving yards in 2014, tacking on an additional five receiving touchdowns. Fasano's departure leaves he, Demetrius Harris and Richard Gordon as the Chief's current top three tight ends. He heavily outperformed Fasano in 2014 despite a limited snap count. His expected expansion in the offense should make him one of the better options at tight end heading into the 2015 season should the Chiefs elect to roll with the current corps.
LaMarr Woodley DL OAK 3 Days
The Raiders will release Woodley, ESPN.com reports.
A torn bicep cut Woodley's 2014 campaign short, with the DE -- who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Oakland last offseason -- having recorded just five tackles in six games as a Raider.