Early Monday morning, it was reported by Ian Rapoport and other NFL insiders that the tag deadline on Tuesday is expected to be postponed if the official salary cap number isn’t finalized in time.
Last year’s deadline was also postponed just one minute prior to the opening of the legal tampering period, so it certainly wouldn’t be the first time teams have had to improvise with new schedule changes.
A storyline to follow going forward: If the official salary cap number doesn’t come today and soon, NFL will have to move back the deadline to franchise tag players from Tuesday. It’s a situation several GMs are bracing for and would further stall business for a bit.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2021
Per ESPN’s Dan Graziano, it looks like the Union is attempting to wait until all of the new television deals are finalized before solidifying anything, which means business across the league will also be pushed off, as well.
Per sources: NFL and NFLPA continue to work to finalize 2021 salary cap number. Union prefers to wait until TV deals are finalized. Due to this uncertainty, there are discussions about pushing back Tuesday’s deadline for teams to use franchise tag.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 8, 2021
And now for today’s links.
A new Rams mock draft roundup (TheRams.com)
Three Rams free agents who could get paid more than expected (The Rams Wire)
Michael Brockers still sings the praises of Jared Goff (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter wonders if the offensive line is a strength or weakness for the Rams (Ramblin’ Fan)
The Seahawks released DE Carlos Dunlap (ESPN)
Dave Wilson recounts the beloved Houston Oilers (ESPN)
11 free agents who could be overpriced (NFL.com)
Jalen Hurts doesn’t have much to say about the Carson Wentz trade (Pro Football Talk)
Ryan Wilson’s latest three-round mock draft (CBS Sports)
Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to play in 2021 (Bleacher Report)