The NFL has extended the franchise tag deadline until Monday, March 16th at 11:59:59 AM.
Originally, the deadline was set for this Thursday, March 12th.
The NFLPA and NFL Management Council have agreed to extend the franchise/transition tag deadline to 11:59:59 a.m. ET Monday, per source. The negotiating window is scheduled to open 1 second later.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 10, 2020
The announcement comes just a day after the NFLPA said that it would be extending the voting deadline for players to ratify the proposed new collective bargaining agreement until Saturday, March 14th, which would have caused a conflict with the original tag cutoff date.
The extension is especially important for the Steelers, who will now have a few extra days to decide if they will use their franchise tag on outside linebacker Bud Dupree.
Dupree is coming off a stellar 2019 season, where he posted career-highs in sacks (11.5) and tackles-for-loss (16).
Extending the tag deadline will have no affect on the start of the new league year and free agency, which are firmly set to begin on Wednesday, March 18th at 4:00 PM.
Even with the recent date changes to the CBA vote and the franchise-tag deadline, the new league year stands firm. It starts Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 pm. ET.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2020