Early July can be a bit of a dead period in the NFL offseason. The draft has long passed, free-agency activity has slowed considerably, and training camps aren't scheduled to start until the end of the month. For many fans, it may seem like nothing of note goes on in July.
However, there's one date that typically comes in the middle of the month that carries a ton of weight for a few select players: the franchise tag deadline.
This is the point in the league year after which players given the franchise or transition tag can no longer sign a multiyear extension. They either play on the one-year franchise tender or they don't play at all. This can be particularly problematic for players who adamantly refuse to play on the franchise tag—often because of its lack of long-term security.
This year, six of 16 tagged players remain unsigned with just over a week to go before the 2020 deadline (4 p.m. ET on July 15). We'll examine them and their situations here. First, though, a refresher on the other 10 players who were tagged in 2020.
The Tag List
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The 10 players who were tagged and who have already signed their tenders are:
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Brandon Scherff, OG, Washington
Leonard Williams, DL, New York Giants
Bud Dupree, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
Joe Thuney, OG, New England Patriots
Matthew Judon, LB, Baltimore Ravens
Anthony Harris, S, Minnesota Vikings
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals (transition tag)
Shaquil Barrett, Edge, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass-rusher Shaquil Barrett led the NFL with 19.5 sacks in his first season with the franchise. He also has perhaps the easiest situation to digest of anyone on this list.
Simply put, if Barrett and the Buccaneers don't reach a long-term agreement before the deadline, he will sign the one-year tender and play for Tampa in 2020.
"We're still trying to work something out. The franchise tag, if I don't get nothing done, I'm going to sign that for sure," he said, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "But it's just we're still trying to work to get something done, and we're just going to wait as long as we could to try and get it done."
The Buccaneers ensured that Barrett wouldn't hit the open market by tagging him, and that was the primary goal of the offseason. While getting a long-term deal done now would be ideal, Tampa will likely be content to let him play on that one-year deal.