The deadline for NFL teams to apply tags came and went at 3 p.m. CT on Monday. There wasn’t a whole lot of action, but here’s a list of those players who got tagged.
- Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver
The star receiver of the Dallas Cowboys caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, arguably his best year of his career. Working out a long-term deal with Bryant is both tricky due to cost as well as complicated due to potential legal problems with assault rumors.
- Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots, kicker
It’s a little bit odd that the Patriots chose to apply the franchise tag on their kicker, but they’re the Patriots … who’s to argue with their decisions? Gostkowski is a career 86.8% field goal kicker and led the league this past season with 35 made field goals. He’s well worth the average salary of the Top 5 kickers in the league.
- Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker
Obtaining top-flight pass rushers is the goal of every franchise in the league, and the Chiefs locked up one of the best in the NFL. Houston led the league with 22.0 sacks last year, 1.5 ahead of the guy everybody was raving about all season, the Texans’ J.J. Watt. Houston is a dynamic young rush ‘backer who would have looked mighty good in a Bears uniform.
- Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants, defensive end
JPP has been one of the top defensive ends in the NFL throughout his career, including last year when he racked up 12.5 sacks. At 26, he still has a lot of good years left ahead of him and the Giants wanted to keep him off the market.
- Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, wide receiver
Thanks to the legendary Peyton Manning, Thomas’ career as a Bronco has flourished the past three seasons. Thomas has earned three straight Pro Bowl trips and is one of the best young receivers in the game. He’s certainly going to be paid like it now. With Manning reaching the end of his career, the Broncos made a smart choice in keeping Thomas on a one-year deal.
- Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins, tight end
Clay caught 58 passes for 605 yards and three touchdowns last year for the Dolphins. The transition tag pays Clay the average of the Top 10 players at his position — as opposed to the Top 5 average that the franchise tag pays — and allows the Dolphins to match any offer Clay receives on the market.