The Dallas Cowboys used their franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant and the ‘Boys couldn’t agree to a long-term deal, so a one-year contract will have to suffice in the meantime.
Bryant was one of six players franchise tagged. Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay all received the tag before Monday’s 4 PM deadline.
Bryant recorded 88 receptions, 1320 receiving yards, and a career-high 16 touchdowns. Bryant is one of the league’s top wideouts, but off-the-field concerns may end up costing him in contract talks.
Houston tallied 22.0 sacks last season, which is tied for second-best in a single season in NFL history. He also forced four fumbles and made 59 tackles.
Thomas recorded 111 receptions, 1619 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns last regular season. The Broncos chose to tag Thomas over tight end Julius Thomas, who can sign with another team when free agency starts.
Gostkowski missed only two field goals in the regular season. He was 35-of-37, and was 51-of-51 on extra points.
Clay received the transition tag. The Dolphins can match another team’s offer for Clay, who recorded 58 receptions, 605 receiving yards, and three touchdowns in 14 games last season.