Yesterday was the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag in the NFL. Six teams exercised the tag to prevent players from hitting the open market. The Jets were not among those teams, but a number of potential players of interest to the Jets were tagged.
Cowboys: DeMarcus Lawrence, EDGE
Source: The #Cowboys are franchise tagging star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2019
Chiefs: Dee Ford, EDGE
Chiefs Place Franchise Tag on LB Dee Ford pic.twitter.com/ZBtausLnTR— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) March 4, 2019
Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE
Seahawks: Frank Clark, EDGE
Falcons: Grady Jarrett, DL
The #Falcons have franchise tagged Grady Jarrett, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 4, 2019
49ers: Robbie Gould, K
Game of tag officially underway: 49ers placed their franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould today, per league sources. SF is first team this off-season to use its franchise tag.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2019
The theme of franchise tag season was clearly edge rusher. It comes as no surprise. Pass rushers are valuable commodities, and teams typically don’t want to let those players get away.
The Jets are still in need of an edge rusher. The good news is there still figure to be some quality players hitting the market who fit that role. They certainly will be expensive. The reduction of supply from this year’s franchise tag class won’t make the price go down.