Buffalo Bills use the franchise tag on Tremaine Edmunds
If the Buffalo Bills use the franchise tag on Tremaine Edmunds, it will be good news based on the fact that Edmunds will return for at least one more season. He has been the team’s starting middle linebacker every year since he was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
He is a unique player considering there are not many players in the league at that position that has his combination of size and speed. Edmunds is also only 24 years old, even though he has been a starter for five seasons now, and is expected to only get better over the next few seasons.
The reason that this is a worst case scenario for the Buffalo Bills is that if they use the franchise tag, it probably eliminates any chance of them adding much else in free agency. The team is currently $20 million over the salary cap, according to Spotrac, and they have some options to get under the cap with the way they restructure some current contracts.
However, the franchise tag for linebackers is set to be nearly $21 million for this year and if the Bills were to use that on Edmunds it would leave almost no room to make any additional moves.