AFC West Franchise Tag Round-Up

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Oct 13, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (86) celebrates his touchdown scored against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The world may be on fire but the NFL offseason is a grind, that at least in early March, does not stop. The AFC West Especially it seems. So here is a look at the AFC West franchise tag situations.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers tagged tight end, Hunter Henry, earlier on Friday. The tight end despite injuries, is one of the bright spots on a Chargers roster looking to reload after two disappointing seasons. Henry caught 55 balls for 652 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. By far his most productive season, yet even last year was marred by injuries as Henry played only 12 games. The investment is long term for the Chargers who believe in Henry’s upside. The Chargers, like most NFL teams, have more than enough money available to work out a deal with Henry 55 million in cap total. Henry will likely want to reset the tight end market. The Chargers would be smart to extend him before Travis Kelce or George Kittle get extensions. Both currently make around nine million dollars a year according to Denzel Perryman has restructured his deal as well. He will make 6 million dollars in 2020.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos tagged safety Justin Simmons. Simmons, a top-five safety in the NFL, is due to get paid big this summer. Simmons registered 93 tackles in 2019, five short of a career-high. Though this year was Simmons best by far in pass defense. He registered four interceptions which were a career-high. Along with 15 passes defended which was 10 more than his previous career-high. What doesn’t show up in the numbers is the countless amount of times that Simmons kept the Broncos from being gashed deep in 2019. The Broncos now have 53 million dollars in cap. According to Spotrac, Landon Collins makes 14 million a year, Simmons will look to reset the market. I would be shocked if he made anything under 18 million a year, though my guess would be a 20 million a year contract.

Kansas City Chiefs

Though it’s been out for a while now, it is worth repeating that Chris Jones has been given the franchise tag and will also be looking to become the highest-paid defensive linemen in the NFL. The Chiefs are a bit hamstrung for cash though with only 19 million in cap available this year. Plus the need to pay a budding franchise star in Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs will have 84 million in cap available in 2021, they will likely have to backload the deals of Mahomes and Jones.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have yet to use their franchise tag.

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