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Buffalo Bills elect not to use franchise or transition tags in 2020

Phillips, Lawson will not be tagged

In an unsurprising move, the deadline to apply franchise and/or transition tags has passed without the Buffalo Bills electing to utilize either. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, defensive end Shaq Lawson, and cornerback Kevin Johnson are the most notable unrestricted free agents Buffalo chose not to tag.

The franchise tag figures, specifically, would have been the following:

Defensive Tackle - $15.209 million
Defensive End - $17.128 million
Cornerback - $16.022 million

Although Spain, Johnson, Phillips, and Lawson played well for the Bills last year, the team clearly was not comfortable applying the one-year tender to any of those players at the above-mentioned salaries.

Another year goes by without any tag utilization by the Bills, meaning John Fina (1996), Peerless Price (2003), Nate Clements (2006) and Jairus Byrd (2013) remain the only instances in team history of the franchise tag being used. With Dion Dawkins, Matt Milano, Tre’Davious White, and Josh Allen coming up for extension in the next few years, the Bills will have their work cut out for them if they intend to keep the streak of tag-less offseasons going.

The following players ended up being tagged before the start of the free-agent legal tampering period:

Kenyan Drake RB (Arizona Cardinals) Transition

Matt Judon OLB (Baltimore Ravens) Franchise

A.J. Green WR (Cincinnati Bengals) Franchise

Dak Prescott QB (Dallas Cowboys) Franchise

Justin Simmons S (Denver Broncos) Franchise

Yannick Ngakoue DE (Jacksonville Jaguars) Franchise

Chris Jones DE (Kansas City Chiefs) Franchise

Hunter Henry TE (Los Angeles Chargers) Franchise

Anthony Harris S (Minnesota Vikings) Franchise

Joe Thuney G (New England Patriots) Franchise

Leonard Williams DT (New York Giants) Franchise

Bud Dupree OLB (Pittsburgh Steelers) Franchise

Shaq Barrett OLB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Franchise

Derrick Henry RB (Tennessee Titans) Franchise

Brandon Scherff OG (Washington) Franchise