Franchise Tag Delayed (Again)

March 10th, 2020

Today should have been the first day NFL teams were allowed to slap a player with a franchise or transition tag.

That is no longer the case. The NFL has pushed back the franchise tag to Monday, per Adam Schefter of BSPN.

The Bucs were rumored to be hitting sack king Shaq Barrett with the franchise tag. Then there was always the possibility that Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, could get hit with the transition tag.

The transition tag was based on a quirk in the CBA; in the last year of the current deal (which is 2020) teams were allowed to use both tags if no new labor agreement was ratified before the new league year that starts with free agency. Previously, teams could not use both in the same season.

However, the NFL pushed this tag day back due in part to the current vote and haggling with the NFLPA on a new CBA. A new CBA could wipe out the ability of teams to use two tags this offseason.

Monday is going to be a busy day. Not only is it the new Tag Day, it is also the first day of legal tampering as March 18, a week from tomorrow, the NFL free agency dinner bell rings at 4 p.m..

44 Responses to “Franchise Tag Delayed (Again)”

  1. SB Says:

    My hope is that we get a deal done for Sack and use the transition tag on JW to keep him in Tampa for at least one more yr.

  2. Robert Says:

    please sign this man. we need guys who want to be here and are relentless and have awareness and skills.

    he fits all 3, don’t insult the man that has extended an olive branch.

  3. ben Says:

    Why would a fan want Winston back if you want the bucs to be in the playoff’s. Do you honestly believe he could put the team on his back and stop making dumb plays after 5 years?

  4. chris L Says:

    next week is going to be wild. Joe – rest up this weekend, you will be busy next week!

  5. Pewter power Says:

    They will get the deal done with shaq. It’s an easy one so if licht screws this up just turn in your key card and be a goat herder

  6. Craig Says:

    I would love to see a three year contract for him. 15 mill a year, with incentives and a third year team option.

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    ben Says
    Why would a fan want Winston back if you want the bucs to be in the playoff’s. Do you honestly believe he could put the team on his back and stop making dumb plays after 5 years?

    The truth is that his first 3 years were not that bad. Did we win? No, but that is on the whole team, which is why individual stats don’t show wins vs losses.

    2018 was bad because of the suspension and a head coach who was desperate and indecisive. For example, James spent weeks preparing for the forth game, only for Koetter to decide not to play him. All season long, public opinion was against Winston and Koetter bowed to it time after time. The right thing would have been to start Jameis in game 4 and stick with him, even with his two horrible games.

    2019 was all about Winston improving in as many weak areas as possible, and he did in all but one: turnovers.

    • He threw for more yards than ever
    • He scored more points than ever
    • He led the league in Red Zone production
    • His deep passing game took a huge leap forward

    So now, he only has two blaring weakesses: his eyes and his turnovers.

    Given that he improved in so many areas, it is not a stretch to think he can continue to do so.

  8. JP_09 Says:

    @ joe, Can’t they can tag them now, the deadline has just been pushed back to Monday the 16th. Meaning after 4 pm on Monday you can now longer use either tag.

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Ya gotta give em something. They have kept our attention with their soap opera.

    “As the Quarterback Turns”.

  10. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    I hope they get the CBA done. I would hate for there to be any work stoppage.

  11. Sport Says:

    Bonsai- when you reach back to his his first 3 years you invite all the other things too. One of the things I will never forget (forgive sure) is him blatantly lying to his Temmates, Coaches, Owners and Fan Base about his off field issue.

    That is simple for me, character and integrity come first. He showed his, and it was poor. He’d already been in an awful situation in college, of all people he should’ve known better to come clean immediately. He didn’t, he chose to lie.

    Which would have been an immediate removal from any team I lead. I’d forgive him, and hope for all the best, he’d just have to do it somewhere other than on mu team.

    In BA I Trust!

  12. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Logic dictates that there won’t be a CBA done by Monday. So my question is, if no new CBA will teams be allowed to use both tags? If so, then the likely move will be the Bucs franchise Barrett and transition Jameis. Doing so allows the Bucs to see what the market for Jameis really is without much risk. If another team makes a reasonable offer then the Bucs can match it. Otherwise, they just let him go.

    True, they receive no compensation if he leaves, but that is an acceptable risk, I think. If he receives no great offers, then we keep him for a year and he has a chance to prove he can cut down on his picks in year two of running the offense. In the meantime, the Bucs can draft an elite back early, and a younger QB in the later rounds, or just roll the dice. At least they won’t be forced to overpay the guy. And if he implodes, so be it.

    But, bringing in a new QB, unless it’s Burrow, is dicey as hell, even if it’s the GOAT. Too many uncertainties. History shows the likelihood of a new 30+ YO guy coming in and lighting it up is very low. Meanwhile, we wasted another year of Mike Evan’s career.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs are weighing all their options. I think they sign Shaq and franchise Jameis for one more year. We shall see.

  14. WestChap Says:


    Jameis glaring weakness is behind his eyes and leads to turnovers… his brain. He takes too long to process, compensates predictably and has way too many brain farts (technical term) than an elite player can experience and stay relevant. He’s on the Freeman highway to… Vegas?

  15. BigHog Says:

    Sport:: you would get rid of a 22 or 23 year old for telling a lie? That says everything I need to know!!

  16. LetsGoBucs Says:

    Yes JP09…you nailed it. Just the deadline to use the tag (s) was pushed back.

  17. JP_09 Says:

    @Joe disregard, i misread. it makes zero sense to use the tag prior to the cba announcement and they still have time to negotiate contracts prior to using the tag. As you stated Monday should be exciting!!

  18. JP_09 Says:

    @LetsGoBucs, it still wouldn’t make sense to use the tags yet without knowing the outcome of the new CBA. In Shaq’s case they could be close to a deal, if that’s the case then they’ll wait as long as possible before tagging him. Anyhow it’ll be exciting next week, we’ll get a lot of answers during the tampering period

  19. Sport Says:

    Big Hog – I’m interested in your perspective, when a coach asks you if you studied the playbook over the weekend, and you didn’t, do you say yes?

    If your coach asks you if you allegedly sexually assaulted a young women, do you start making things up? And tell lie after lie?

    2 totally different lies, one you can work with.

    The other lie(s)is a massive character flaw that negates the privilege of playing in the NFL for millions of dollars in front of millions of fans. For which he was suspended and if he shows another lack of judgement and poor character the privilege could be permanently removed.

    And to be clear, I would still offer him help, regardless if he was on my team or not.

    He would still be a welcome member of Team Humanity, it is not a privilege, it is a right.

    In BA I Trust!

  20. El Buco Realisto Says:

    @big hog

    It was a lie and cover up for something that was similar of another situation that he should have learned from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In fact, he should have been fired from it and the gm that lead the so called most extensive back ground check ever preformed in Buccaneer history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Matthew Fifer Says:

    BigHog Says:
    March 10th, 2020 at 11:09 am
    Sport:: you would get rid of a 22 or 23 year old for telling a lie? That says everything I need to know!!

    It’s not like he was lying about a grade he got in school or telling someone he liked their new hair style when he didn’t. He was lying about something that led him to be suspended. It also led him to have to pay to silence a second woman. I’m with Sport on that.

    I’d rather have an honest player than a liar. If you have to guess when someone is telling the truth, they shouldn’t be in such an important role on the team, let alone on the team at all. Not only that, it makes you question what else they have lied about in their past that they just have not been caught on yet.

  22. BigHog Says:

    Well tell me why do so many want Tom Brady? I’ll wait!!

  23. Allbuccedup Says:

    Just sign him to a 3 year 50 mil contract and with 30 mil guaranteed.

  24. Adrnagy Says:

    It’s a sign ….. don’t offer a contract To one year wonder that has a lot sprung. Trade him.

    Draft aj epenesa and chaisson. Bring back suh and nassib.

  25. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Word on the street, is that ole Bruce Arians, is looking for the white, errrrrr I mean right Quarterback, to work with!!!!!!! Like the “right” ones that he worked with before!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. BigHog Says:

    Still waiting!!

  27. LetsGoBucs Says:


    My comment to your first comment above, and the first paragraph of this article, was just that. Just clearing up that the “deadline” was the only thing that changed TODAY.

    Discussing if it makes “sense” or not to apply any tag to any played before the new CBA is voted on, is a whole separate discussion, and not one I commented on, or the FIRST paragraph of this article talked about either..

  28. Sport Says:

    Big Hog – I don’t want Brady, but I understand the allure of having the most accomplished winning QB in the history of the game. It would create a buzz and sell a bunch of tickets.

    I’m on record on wanting Carr at this point. His situational football numbers are solid, his salary cap hit is an outright bargain. If JW is $30M and Carr is $17M, I’d take Carr and spend the extra dough on:
    – Keeping this Defense together
    – A RT
    – A Safety
    – A RB

    Pretty straight forward.

    In BA I Trust!

  29. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Bonzai – the problem is if you bring Winston back you potentially set the franchise back another 5 years. It would take at least another 2 to fully make the transition to the post-Jameis Era even if they realize after another season it was a mistake to keep him.

    The time to MOVE ON from Jameis Winston is NOW.

    Leading the league EVERY YEAR (not just in the first year of BA’s Offense) is a proven track record of liability.

    Bucs need to admit the Jameis Experiment failed (after after many warning signs of his heavy turnovers at FSU) and the Bucs need to move the team forward without him.

    Time to move on.

  30. MadMax Says:

    Its just stupid to use a tag on him. He came here for less money so that he could start and shine!!! And he’s already said he wants to stay here!! What more is there to freaking prove? Jeeze, we finally have a pass rushing sack master….GET A DEAL DONE! My gosh man…..

  31. Sport Says:

    Big Hog – If that’s a loaded ‘race gun’ you have cocked and loaded, you can holster it, I could care less about skin color, I care about Character and Integrity.

    In BA I Trust!

  32. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Buco Realisto,

    I hope the Bucs sign Bridgewater so it ends any “it’s because of race” stuff with people want Winston gone.

    People want Winston gone because he sucks. Just like Mark Sanchez. Just like Johnny Football.

  33. Sport Says:

    I’m with you Max!

    In BA I Trust!

  34. Defense Rules Says:

    Realist … “Word on the street, is that ole Bruce Arians, is looking for the white, errrrrr I mean right Quarterback, to work with!!!!!!! Like the “right” ones that he worked with before!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Really Realist? Really? If that’s what you think of Arians, kindly explain why his top coaches … Assistant HC, OC & DC … are black. Yours is a demeaning argument and don’t push it onto ‘Word on the street’ as your excuse.

  35. Anonymous Says:

    At big hog. You may be dumber than Tmax and a dog. And that is quite a mouthful

  36. Defense Rules Says:

    Ivan the Insider … “The problem is if you bring Winston back you potentially set the franchise back another 5 years. The time to MOVE ON from Jameis Winston is NOW.”

    Just suppose that they do bring Jameis back, say on a transition tag, and he lights it up this year. Bucs get a running game, Jameis throws less, INTs get cut in half, we still score a bunch of points, defense steps up and yeah, the Bucs make the playoffs. My question: What do you do when 2021 rolls around?

    THAT’S where the REAL dilemma would play out. We’d have a playoff-caliber TEAM going into 2021 with a viable franchise QB. Do you re-sign him to a long-term contract at that point? Do you franchise tag him again for 1-year at $30 mil plus? Do you let him walk and sign the best QB that you can afford at that point?

    As part of that dilemma, do you really think we could afford all the big names like ME13, our expensive OLine AND Dline, etc, etc AND be able to re-sign Winston, Godwin, LVD, OJ & several others in 2021? Jameis would be looking for about $35 mil (or more) probably, Godwin probably $20 mil, LVD $10 mil and OJ say $7 mil at least.

    My answer? Not a snowball’s chance in he11 that we could even come close to pulling that off. Those are all questions that must keep BA & JL up late at night right now, because management can’t JUST look at 2020, they have to look well beyond that in their decision-making processes. Must be fun.

  37. Anonymous Says:

    Bonzai, those are not “glaring weaknesses.”

    They are team and coach killers.

  38. BigHog Says:

    Sport:: character and integrity at 23 years old !!! Oh yea and the question was not loaded…anonymous…choke on it!

  39. Pit of Misery Says:

    When you are “ the face of the franchise”, have been “the man” in college and 23 years old, yeah, JW3 should have known better than to lie. We come on this site to post our views on the TEAM— black, white, brown doesn’t matter. We will disagree on performance but those who bring race and inflammatory personal comments about a single player have no place, IMO. Been a season ticket holder since day one and even though I no longer live in the Tampa Bay Area, still have my tickets. I love my team and my “City” and will continue to support the TEAM. Those who pose those veiled insults are either looking for a reaction or just plain ignorant. Those of you who want to make excuses for a 23 year old MAN lying just don’t get it.

  40. SB Says:

    @ Big Hog. I was ‘anonymous’ on accident because I was on my phone.
    Choke on some Nuts you racist

  41. SB Says:

    AND not only are you a Racist but you are also ‘as I said’ stupid.
    Do you know how many players have ‘character and integrity’ at 23???
    Did you even get a HS diploma?

  42. BigHog Says:

    Anonymous:cough and then comes gasping, when that happens It’s called choking and your still choking!!!

  43. BigHog Says:

    For all you high class, high minded TRUMPERS …It’s called choking and (you’re) still chocking!!! My bad…I wouldn’t want to throw you guys off!!

  44. Sport Says:

    Big Hog – got it. You haven’t developed beyond ‘I’m rubber you’re glue’

    You are free to have your say on here, which I fully support, however I will be ignoring your comments from now on. Rock on Brother…

    In BA I Trust!