The NFL passed another big deadline at 1 p.m. PT on Monday. Teams had until then to submit their franchise and transition tags. We do not see a ton of them, but there were a few in use this season. The league had five franchise tags, and one transition tag:
WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
WR Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos
LB Justin Houston - Kansas City Chiefs
K Stephen Gostkowski - New England Patriots
DE Jason Pierre-Paul - New York Giants
TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins
The San Francisco 49ers did not use either tag, which is not remotely surprising. Among franchise tags, Mike Iupati's would have been $12,943,000, Michael Crabtree's would have been $12,823,000, Chris Culliver or Perrish Cox's would have been $13,075,000, and Frank Gore's would have been $10,951,000. There is value in all four players, but not at those price tags.
A couple players who were mentioned in connection with tags were Jeremy Maclin, Randall Cobb and Ndamukong Suh. Cobb could be the guy who sets the wide receiver market. Packers beat writer Tom Silverstein is reporting Cobb wants $12 million per year. Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky is reporting he was told last month Cobb wanted $9 million per year. Demovsky's tweet made a good point about Cobb's agent likely hearing good things at the Combine last month.
There will certainly be plenty of money rolling around in a week's time.