The NFL has moved the deadline for teams to sign their franchise-tagged players
The agents for Kirk Cousins and Le'Veon Bell will now have slightly more breathing room
Thanks to some friendly fine print in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the Steelers, Redskins and Rams are going to have two extra days this year to get a deal done with their franchise-tagged players.
Generally, teams only have until July 15 to get a long-term deal done with their franchise players, however, since the 15th falls on a Saturday this year, each team will have until Monday, July 17, to get a deal done.
As noted on Page 46 of the current CBA, if the deadline falls on a weekend day, then the teams have until the following Monday to get a deal done.
Only three teams will actually be able to take advantage of the two extra days and that's because there's only three teams out there that have franchise players who haven't reached a long-term deal.
The Redskins are still trying to strike a long-term deal with their franchise player, Kirk Cousins. The Steelers are looking to reach a deal with Le'Veon Bell, and then there's the Rams, who placed the franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
Four other teams also used their franchise tag -- the Cardinals (Chandler Jones), Giants (Jason Pierre-Paul), Panthers (Kawann Short) and Chargers (Melvin Ingram) -- but each of those teams has already reached a long-term deal with their tagged player so the new deadline won't have any impact on them.
Despite the two extra days, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora doesn't think the Rams will get a deal done with Johnson. Make on whether he thinks any of the three remaining franchise-tagged players will get a deal done before the deadline.
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