Welcome To Franchise Tag Day

February 21st, 2023

“Jason, you’re not going to tag anyone today, are you?”

This may not be important for the Bucs roster, but it will be interesting to see what happens with players the Bucs may target in free agency.

Today is the first day teams can franchise tag players due to be free agents on March 15. Ari Meirov of The33rdTeam.com has a nice, easy-to-follow primer on how the franchise and transition tags work and the cost of tagging a player at each position.

Joe cannot imagine the Bucs want to franchise a player outside of the remote possibility of cornerback Jamel Dean. But because the Bucs are pinched under the salary cap, paying Dean some $18 million for next season seems over the top.

Joe doesn’t expect Seattle quarterback Geno Smith to be tagged and many think he will be a target of the Bucs. Even Seattle general manager John Schneider believes the Bucs will try to lure Smith given that his position coach in Seattle, Dave Canales, is the new Bucs offensive coordinator.

Franchising a quarterback would set a team back $32 million. Joe doubts Smith, maybe a one-year wonder, is worth that much bread.

Teams have until March 7 to tag players, eight days before the free agency dinner bell rings.

19 Responses to “Welcome To Franchise Tag Day”

  1. Rand Says:


  2. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Draft a CB to replace Dean, there seems to be plenty of good corners in this year’s draft.

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    The issue with Dean is availability. Even if they do sign him, they still need get a competent corner…or 2!

  4. SB~LV Says:

    It would be a insult to be the player in 2023 hung with the franchise tag
    Team is gonna suck Bowles

  5. Sunken Ship Says:

    You will find out squad at the bottom of Tampa Bay – feel bad for Godwin and Evans. If you listen closely, you can already hear us sucking.

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    Team should have “franchised” Arians in 2022.

  7. gotbbucs Says:

    $55 million over the cap. If they have any resources right now dedicated to scouting top dollar free agents rather than scouting college players for this year and next, they are idiots.
    Besides tryi g to sogn a few of their own, this team should not be players in free agency until after the draft.

  8. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    The cap isn’t real, they can keep whoever they want to keep it’s just a matter of what direction the team wants to go. I don’t think Dean is that good anyway, he doesn’t turn the ball over and he isn’t the toughest guy either.

  9. geno711 Says:

    Geno votes for Geno

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Replace our most expensive FAs with draft picks……Dean & LVD……sorry & love those guys…..but we have huge needs to fill out our roster.
    All the cap adjustments and restructuring will only help us to get under the cap and sign our draft class…..
    We have some younger FAs I would like to resign…..SMB, Edwards, Nelson, RNR, Nassib

  11. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    I’d tag Dean and then trade him. That way you get something for the top corner on the market rather than letting him walk for nothing. If there’s no trade partners, you can exclusively negotiate a long term deal with him. Win win for the Bucco’s

  12. hoopstar82 Says:

    Let them go and get a couple third round picks next year

  13. zzbucs Says:

    Geno will NOT go tu Bucs, and will stay in Seattle, stop this nonsense!!!!!

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    When the Bucs are this quiet, it usually means they are planning something unexpected.

  15. BucsfanFred Says:

    This off-season is a big mess.

  16. Keimosabe Says:

    Please leave Geno where he is.

  17. Dooley Says:

    Mike Edwards would be a cheaper tag alternative to tagging Dean or SMB, not saying it’s likely, but it should be known

  18. firethecannons Says:

    nobody on this team is worth a tag all positions except Wirfs are up for grabs no one gets tagged

  19. Ed Says:

    Dean has been very good the past few years. He is the best of the Buc’s corners and most quarterbacks and defensive coordinators don’t throw his way. He has size and speed. If Bucs could work out a franchise and trade deal to get a #2 pick thats an easy choice. Not sure other teams wouldn’t wait for him just to become a free agent. He’ll be somewhere else next season unfortunately.