NFL Rumors: Kirk Cousins, Le’Veon Bell & Chandler Jones Facing Franchise Tags?

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Feb. 26 2017, Updated 9:19 a.m. ET

The NFL season never sleeps. Next Wednesday is another key date of the NFL off season as teams prepare to make a decision on key players who they may need to drop the NFL’s franchise tag upon. If you are not familiar with the term “franchise tag” or are curious as to what it means, following is a summary of the NFL’s definition.

A franchise tag is a designation that a team may apply to a player who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent – thus “forcing” the players hand in a way, making him stay with his current team for another season. The tag binds the player to the team for one year if certain conditions are met.

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This year many big named players are eligible to search for a bigger and better contract, and none are bigger than Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones.

It is safe to say that any team in the NFL would love to add one, if not all, of these guys if possible, and several teams may get a shot to do so this summer, but it is very doubtful. The odds of any of these three players making it into the open market and changing teams before the 2017 NFL season is slim, but not impossible.

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