There are many things that make football so lucrative for players and teams.
The most common are the contracts that are set to expire this offseason.
Many of these players will earn huge sums of money on top of the rest of their earnings, with the majority of the money coming from their lucrative contracts.
For a number of teams, these contracts are set for expiration in 2019, and many will be subject to a new collective bargaining agreement that could be renegotiated.
But some are willing to take a pay cut to avoid that inevitable cliff.
Some NFL teams are also trying to keep their players from playing in the 2020 season and beyond.
In that situation, players could theoretically make millions on the spot if the league can’t come to an agreement to extend the contracts.
The first-ever lien on a franchise’s franchise tag, which was created in 2015 to give players some flexibility when it comes to their contracts, could make that possible.
A new CBA is expected to be released on March 5, and a number teams could be eligible to be tagged at that point.
If they can’t agree to a long-term deal, then they could be subject the franchise tag.
While the first-capped years of all the contracts in the first two seasons of the CBA, there are still a number that are guaranteed.
The teams that are eligible for the franchise tags are: Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins.
For a full breakdown of the first CBA in full, see the link below.