New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan is expected to give Muhammad Wilkerson the franchise tag, but what will he do to free up cap space after that?
By Jeff Jarboe
It’s been nine days since Von Miller and the Denver Broncos took care of business against the Carolina Panthers, capturing the franchise’s third Lombardi trophy and ending what was a magical season for Cam Newton‘s group.
Now, just nine days later, Super Bowl 50 is in the rear view and the 2016-17′ season is beginning.
Today marks the first day in which NFL teams are allowed to hand out the franchise tag designation to a player in the final year of his contract–teams have until 4 PM ET of Mar. 1 to hand out the tag before the player hits the open market–meaning in the next couple of weeks there are going to be a lot of top free agents who get taken off the open market before they even hit it.
It also means that after these teams slap their top player with the franchise tag, they’re going to have some roster moves to make to free up cap space for the upcoming free agency and draft periods.
With that being said, here are my predictions for New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan’s first moves of the 2016 off-season: