Only 5 NFL players got the franchise tag and one got the transition tag by today’s deadline. Dez Bryant, Justin Houston, Demaryius Thomas, Stephen Gostkowski and Jason Pierre-Paul got franchise tagged today by their teams. Tight end Charles Clay of the Dolphins got a one year transition tag.
The teams all elected to use the non-exclusive franchise tags on their players. So Dez Bryant and the others are free to negotiate with other NFL teams. However if one of these five players sign a contract their original team has the option of matching the offer and keeping the player or taking two number one draft picks from the team that signed him.
Justin Houston would be the most likely player to be signed by a new team. Houston is an elite NFL pass rusher who can play linebacker or defensive end. To some team that usually drafts late in the draft he is well worth losing two number one draft picks, if they can sign him.