Leonard Williams among 15 players given franchise or transition tags
Franchise and transition player designations were announced Monday for the 2020 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 18.
Thirteen players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players, including Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams. This year, one player (Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott) was designated as an exclusive franchise player.
A club can designate one "franchise" player or one "transition" player among its veteran free agents.
The salary offer by a player's club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.
An "exclusive" franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 17; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a "non-exclusive" franchise player, as explained below.
2020 FRANCHISE PLAYERS
- New York Giants: Leonard Williams, DT
- Baltimore Ravens: Matthew Judon, LB
- Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
- Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott, QB (Exclusive)
- Denver Broncos, Justin Simmons, S
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Yannick Ngakoue, DE
- Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Jones, DT
- Los Angeles Chargers: Hunter Henry, TE
- Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Harris, S
- New England Patriots: Joe Thuney, OL
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Bud Dupree, LB
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaquil Barrett, LB
- Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry, RB
- Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, OL
A transition player is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top 10 prior year salaries at the player's position, which average is calculated using the same methodology used for non-exclusive franchise players (the Cap Percentage Average); or (ii) 120% of his prior year salary.
If a club extends a required tender to a transition player, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a contract with any club subject to his prior club's right of first refusal, except that no draft choice compensation shall be made with respect to such player if his prior club declines to exercise its right of first refusal.
The signing period for transition players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 18 and ends on July 22. After July 22 and until 4:00p.m. (ET) on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 17), the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
This year, one player was designated as a transition player:
- Arizona Cardinals: Kenyan Drake, RB
The Salary Cap for the 2020 league year has been set at $198,200,000 per club. The resulting 2020 Cap Percentage Average ("CPA") tenders for non-exclusive franchise players and transition players are as follows:
NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS TENDER AMOUNTS
- Quarterback: $26,824,000
- Running Back: $10,278,000
- Wide Receiver: $17,865,000
- Tight End: $10,607,000
- Offensive Linemen: $14,781,000
- Defensive End: $17,788,000
- Defensive Tackle: $16,126,000
- Linebacker: $15,828,000
- Cornerback: $16,338,000
- Safety: $11,441,000
- Kicker/Punter: $5,019,000
- Quarterback: $24,837,000
- Running Back: $8,483,000
- Wide Receiver: $15,680,000
- Tight End: $9,117,000
- Offensive Linemen: $13,505,000
- Defensive End: $15,184,000
- Defensive Tackle: $13,143,000
- Linebacker: $13,737,000
- Cornerback: $14,197,000
- Safety: $9,860,000
- Kicker/Punter: $4,559,000
View photos of defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
Giants use second-round tender on K Aldrick Rosas
The New York Giants have made a qualifying offer (a second-round tender) to placekicker Aldrick Rosas, a restricted free agent.
That means the 2018 Pro Bowler can negotiate with any club. If a restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a "right of first refusal" on any offer sheet the player signs.
If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed by the deadline, the player's negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club.
Rosas has played in 48 regular-season games, all with the Giants. He has made 62 of 75 field goal attempts (82.7 percent) and is 86 of 94 on extra points.
In 2018, Rosas had one of the best seasons by a kicker in Giants history. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro after scoring 127 points (32 of 33 field goal attempts and 31 of 32 extra point tries).
The 32 field goals are the fifth-highest total in Giants history. Rosas' 97.0 field goal percentage is a Giants record, and he was just 1/100th of a percentage point behind NFL leader Robbie Gould, a former Giant.
Rosas made his final 19 field goal attempts, the second-longest streak in Giants history. On Dec. 2, Rosas kicked the longest field goal in Giants history, a 57-yarder against Chicago in MetLife Stadium. Ali Haji-Sheikh had held the record for 35 years, with a pair of 56-yard field goals in 1983.
View photos of kicker Aldrick Rosas.
2020 NFL Draft to proceed; public events canceled
In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced.
The clubs' selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised.
Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas next month will not take place.
"This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens," said Commissioner Goodell. "While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft.