NFL extends deadline to sign franchise-tagged players

TEMPE, AZ - JUNE 08: The NFL logo on June 8, 2017 at Arizona Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire)
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The NFL has decided to push back the date in which franchises can sign their players to a franchise tag deal, from Saturday, July 15, to Monday, July 17, according to a memo that was released on Monday. When the deadline falls on either a Saturday or Sunday, the league will push the date back to the next available Monday.

Players will have until 4 p.m. ET on July 17 to sign a multiyear deal, or as the memo reads.

“After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his Prior Club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the Club’s last regular season game.”

Two of the more notable players in the NFL facing the franchise tag are Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Bell is coming off a 2016 season as a member of the Steelers in which he rushed for over 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns in the 12 games he appeared. He was suspended for the first three games of the year due to a missed drug test in the offseason. Pittsburgh would place the franchise tag on him back in February as the two sides have continued to work on a long-term deal.

Cousins is no stranger to having the franchise tag placed on him, having played under it in 2016. He threw for over 4,900 yards last season, starting all 16 games under center for Washington for the second consecutive season. He had the tag placed on him in February and became the first quarterback to ever be tagged in back-to-back years.

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