The deadline for NFL teams to hand out franchise tags came and went on Tuesday, and nine players were essentially removed from next week’s free-agent sweepstakes as tag recipients…
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Both Godwin and Allen Robinson II of the Chicago Bears were tagged, arguably leaving Detroit Lions wideout Kenny Golladay as the best pass-catcher slated to hit the open market. That alone is promising if you’re Golladay, but the reality is he should have been particularly fearful of the tag anyway.
After all, with his age-28 season looming, Golladay is quite old for a first-time free agent. Plus, he’s missed large portions of two of his first four seasons and is coming off a campaign that was derailed by hamstring and hip injuries.
Another season like that under the tag could have doomed the 2017 third-round pick, but now he’ll arrive as the belle of a ball that will not contain Godwin and Robinson. Everybody else scheduled to become availableWill Fuller V, JuJu Smith-Schuster, T.Y. Hilton, to name a fewhas warts. And Golladay’s size and athleticism might entice a receiver-desperate team with cap space to give him way more guaranteed cash than he would have made under the tag as a Lion.
Watch the Jaguars, Jets, Dolphins, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts or Washington Football Team to make that happen.