Labor peace has arrived in the NFL.
Players voted to approve a new CBA on Sunday morning, giving the NFL at least 10 years of labor peace.
Sources to ESPN: NFL players voted to approve the proposed CBA, giving the NFL 10 more years of labor peace, players an increased share of revenue, former players added benefits, and the league 17-game regular seasons along with an expanded playoff field.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020
Now that a new CBA has been agreed to by the players and the NFL, we have more clarity on how the Titans can approach the offseason.
Specifically when it comes to the use of the transition tag and the franchise tag.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, teams cannot use both the transition tag and the franchise tag this year.
* The NFL will soon have 17-game regular seasons, 3-game preseasons
* The playoffs will include 7 teams per conference, with just one bye apiece
* Teams CANNOT use both the franchise and transition tag this year (i.e. Cowboys or Titans)
10 more years of labor peace.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 15, 2020
That means if the Titans plan to keep both Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill, they’re going to have to extend one and use either the transition tag or franchise tag on the other.
For now, it appears (based on the recent report from Ian Rapoport) that Tennessee is focused on extending Henry. They’ve cleared a lot of money over the last week (releasing Dion Lewis, Delanie Walker, Ryan Succop and Cam Wake), which seemingly signals that a big move is on the horizon.
If the Titans extend Henry, then they’ll likely use one of the tags on Tannehill. If they use the transition tag, they’ll get to see what the market looks like for Tannehill, but they won’t receive any draft compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Using the franchise tag on Tannehill will be a bit more expensive, but it would basically ensure that Tannehill returns to Nashville in 2020.
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