Ten teams used their franchise/transition tag prior to the March 1.
New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson
Wilkerson has been a key player up front for the Jets. With Wilkerson tagged, the Jets can now focus their attention on retaining nose tackle Damon Harrison.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker
Tucker has been one of the preeminent specialists in the league since his rookie season in 2012. Tucker had somewhat of a down year in 2015, but he is still very reliable, and with longer extra points and the high frequency of close games, he is very valuable for the Ravens in 2016 and in the future.
Buffalo Bills tackle Cordy Glenn
Glenn has started since his rookie season in 2012. The Bills have a tough cap situation right now, but cleared almost $13 Million by releasing defensive end Mario Williams.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
The Bears have been rumored to be preparing to tag Jeffery since the 2015 season. Jeffery has been very productive during his four seasons in the NFL, as he averages 63 catches, 932 yards, and six touchdowns per season.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman
Norman emerged as a shutdown corner and was a centerpiece of the Panthers’ defense. The reigning NFC Champions wisely retained one of the league’s best corners.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon
The Dolphins transition tagged Vernon, which allows any other team to sign a long-term deal. The Dolphins will be able to match any offer sheet, but Vernon might receive a contract offer too large to match.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller
Miller is one of the best players in the league, and confirmed what we already knew by recording 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles during the Broncos’ 24-10 Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The Super Bowl MVP could get a massive contract.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins
Cousins had a very productive 2015 season. He threw for 4166 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions and led the Redskins to a playoff berth. He is the quarterback of the future for the franchise.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry
Berry was named 2015 Comeback Player of the Year after returning from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and dominating on the gridiron. The Chiefs weren’t going to let Berry enter free agency.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson
Johnson recorded 58 tackles and seven picks in 2015. The Rams chose to tag Johnson over CB Janoris Jenkins, who will likely become a free agent.