NFL franchise tags: Berry, Miller staying


There were not many surprises before Tuesday's deadline for NFL teams to use their respective franchise tags.

Super Bowl 50 participants the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos were among the nine teams to use the franchise designation before the deadline.

The Panthers placed the tag on Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman while the Broncos slapped an exclusive-rights tag on Super Bowl MVP Von Miller.

The Miami Dolphins placed the transition tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon, meaning the team will owe him $12.7million in 2016, but other teams can still negotiate with the 25-year-old, who had seven-and-a-half sacks last season and has 29 sacks over four years.

The Dolphins then have the right of first refusal to match any offer Vernon may receive.

Miller will receive $14.129million this season while the two sides work toward a long-term deal.

The Panthers will give Norman a significant pay raise from his rookie deal, paying the 28-year-old $13.952million in 2016.

The player to receive the biggest pay increase was Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will see his annual salary go from $660,000 to $19.953million.

One player who was expected to receive the franchise tag but did not was Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin. 

In total, nine players received a franchise tag:


Eric Berry, safety, Kansas City Chiefs

Berry will earn $10.806million this season and both sides are committed to keeping the 2015 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and four-time Pro Bowler in Kansas City. 


Kirk Cousins, quarterback, Washington Redskins

Cousins threw for 4,166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season while leading the NFL in completion percentage and helping the Redskins win the NFC East. 


Cordy Glenn, offensive tackle, Buffalo Bills

The Bills did not want to let one of their best offensive linemen get away and will pay $13.7million this year to keep him. 


Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver, Chicago Bears

The Bears were expected to put the tag on Jeffery, who caught 54 passes for 807 yards and four touchdowns last season. He has 252 receptions for 3,728 yards and 24 scores in four NFL seasons. He will make $14.599million this season, but he may have to prove his durability for a long-term deal after missing seven games last season.


Trumaine Johnson, cornerback, Los Angeles Rams

It was not surprising the Rams secured Johnson over fellow cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who the Rams would also like to re-sign. Jenkins complicated things by firing his agent over the weekend. Johnson erupted for an NFC-best seven interceptions last season. 


Von Miller, outside linebacker, Denver Broncos

Miller will capitalize on his MVP performance in the Super Bowl with a big-money long-term contract. 


Josh Norman, cornerback, Panthers

Norman was in the conversation for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year and was the one player the Panthers did not want to hit the open market. 


Justin Tucker, placekicker, Baltimore Ravens

Tucker has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL and will receive $4.572million as the Ravens try to work out a long-term deal. 


Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive tackle, New York Jets

Wilkerson made $6.875million over his first four years in the NFL and $6.969 million last season. That number will spike to $15.7 million this year as the Jets try to work out a long-term deal with their 2011 second-round draft pick who is coming off a Pro Bowl season.