Here’s a look back at some of our faves from the past week:
- The franchise tag deadline is three days away. Due largely to the financial uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has created for the league, no extensions for franchise- or transition-tagged players have transpired. Our Ben Levine looked at where all 15 negotiations stand. There does not seem to be a lot of promise for extensions, but the next few days should feature frequent action because of the unusually high number of tagged performers.
- Four years ago, the Vikings made Harrison Smith the NFL’s highest-paid safety. While that per-year value record has been surpassed many times over, with fellow Viking Anthony Harris‘ franchise tag now being worth more than Smith’s $10.25MM AAV, Smith remains the centerpiece of Minnesota’s secondary. In PFR’s latest “This Date in Transactions History” installment, Zach Links took a look at what that deal meant for the Vikings and the safety position.