The 49ers will now have an additional four days to use the franchise tag if they choose to. Likely the only player they would use the tag on would be Arik Armstead. He will be a free agent and can start negotiating with other teams on March 16th. These extra four days allow Arik and the team to continue on working on a long-term deal. If they cannot reach an agreement by then, the team can elect to use the franchise tag on him to give them more time to negotiate a long-term deal, trade him, or let him play next season under the tag and try to resign him next season. If he does play under the tag, he would make around $19 million.
Arik said that he is open to playing under the tag for this upcoming season, but it is possible he tries to sit out the season. It is unlikely that he would give up close to $19 million. The best case scenario is that they come to a long-term deal that is good for Arik and allows the 49ers flexibility to sign players down the line such as DeForest Buckner. Keeping Arik around with the defensive line guys they have would be a big win for John Lynch. The line was elite and they can run it back this season.
The extension of the franchise tag comes down to the voting for the CBA. The NFL Players’ Association and NFL both agreed to extend the franchise tag deadline and allows the players to vote on the CBA until Saturday night. The deadline to use the franchise tag is March 16th at 8:59 AM Pacific Time. The negotiating period for free agents starts immediately a second later on March 16th.
Trying to keep Emmanuel Sanders (Wagoner)
No compensatory picks (Madson)
Mock draft (Brooks)
Franchise deadline extended (Patra)
New NFLPA President (Wolfe)