What after looked to be a deep and gifted edge-dashing market place, has been decimated thanks to the NFL’s franchise tag. 

Just one working day in advance of Tuesday’s deadline, three teams placed the franchise tag on a leading pass rusher. The Dallas Cowboys tagged DeMarcus Lawrence, the Seattle Seahawks, Frank Clark (Michigan) and the Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney. 

These, merged with the report the tag will be utilized on Dee Ford by the Chiefs and a three-calendar year extension signed by Brandon Graham (Michigan) in Philadelphia, have thinned out the market place area for edge defenders.

Also tagged this calendar year had been Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, Buccaneers offensive tackle Donovan Smith, Giants basic safety Landon Collins and 49ers kicker Robbie Gould, making an by now underwhelming crop of absolutely free brokers even much more dismal. 

The supply figures to travel up the value tag on edges who will be offered to signal following week, which includes New England’s Trey Flowers and second-tier talent Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith. 

That’s not best for the Detroit Lions, who need to be in the market place for a pass-rusher able of disrupting the pocket. In accordance to Pro Football Concentrate, Flowers finished with 64 pressures past period, 10th amongst edge defenders. 

In the meantime, Za’Darius Smith had a vocation-significant 59 in Baltimore, while Preston Smith racked up 53 for Washington. 

Romeo Okwara, who a short while ago signed a two-calendar year extension with the Lions, led the team with 39 pressures past period.