At least one playmaking wide receiver is going to hit the market.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Spiraling Texas franchise tags do not plan for Will Fuller. Fuller had a career-best year with 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 matches before receiving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. He will be suspended for the 2021 season opener.
Letting Fuller go – after a season of trade to DeAndre Hopkins – would not favor either side with disgruntled Texas quarterback Deshawn Watson, but a new coach, a new general manager if Watson eventually wishes to trade. Will start anew. And a new quarterback is understandable. Texas already granted its wish to release JJ Watt.
The free-agent market can be filled with game-changing receivers, much to the delight of needy Jets and Giants. Because it can be watered by franchise tags.
Some or all of Chris Godwin (Buccaneers), Kenny Golade (Lions), Juju Smith-Shuster (Steelers) and Alan Robinson (Bears) can be tagged by their current team. A tagged player cannot negotiate with other teams and must choose between signing an extension by July 15 or sitting out of the season and playing on a high-paying one-year contract.
More tags, less supply, more demand for faster fullers. Each NFL team has until March 9 to issue a franchise tag to a pending free agent.