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.
Five draft quotes from Tom Telesco (Chargers.com)
Top defensive plays from the 2020 season (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez highlights Chad Reuter’s latest four-round mock (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed gives his final mock draft before free agency (Bolt Beat)
The most overrated and underrated free agents at each position (ESPN+)
Chargers were dropped against Von Miller in Colorado (ESPN)
Free agent fits for all 32 NFL teams (NFL.com)
Tag deadline could be pushed back with no official salary cap number (NFL.com)
Were the new Bengals uniforms leaked? (Pro Football Talk)
A new three-round mock draft (CBS Sports)