2017 NFL franchise tag deadline for long-term deals: Date, time, players, latest news .

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2017 NFL franchise tag deadline for long-term deals: Date, time, players, latest news


USA TODAY Published 8:06 a.m. ET July 17, 2017 | Updated 8:06 a.m. ET July 17, 2017


USA TODAY Sports NFL reporter Lorenzo Reyes looks at the five players who need to take their games to another level if their teams are going to have a shot at making the playoffs this season. USA TODAY Sports

For players who have received the franchise tag destination from their respective team, the window is closing to hammer out a long-term deal.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the deadline.

Date: Monday, July 17

Time: 4 p.m. ET

Franchise tag players

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins - The first quarterback to receive the designation in consecutive years, Cousins would earn $23.94 million if he plays out the season on the tag. Not reaching a long-term deal would set up a potentially massive showdown in 2018. If not tagged a third time for an estimated $34 million, Cousins would likely to be in line to be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in recent history. 

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - After averaging a league-best 157 yards from scrimmage in 2016, Bell would earn $12.12 million this season if he remains tagged, putting him well ahead of his peers at running back for pay in 2017. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is coming off groin surgery and has said he's not concerned about his contract status.

Trumaine Johnson, CB, Los Angeles Rams - As a cornerback on his second consecutive franchise tag, Johnson is in line to earn $16.74 million if no long-term deal is reached. Los Angeles may want a closer look at how Johnson fits in with new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' scheme before committing to anything for the long term.

Franchised players who signed long-term deals

Chandler Jones, OLB, Arizona Cardinals: Signed five-year deal worth $82.5 million, with $53 million guaranteed.

Melvin Ingram, DE, Los Angeles Chargers: Signed four-year deal worth $66 million, with $42 million guaranteed.

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants: Signed four-year deal worth $62 million, with $40 million guaranteed.

Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers: Signed five-year deal worth $80.5 million, with $35 million guaranteed.

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