2. Josh Allen will get the franchise tag, request a trade
Outside linebacker Josh Allen has earned a contract extension, one that reflects his status as one of the top edge rushers in the league. A first-round pick in the 2019 draft, Allen needed a bit of time to hit his stride but managed to put it all together last season, registering 17.5 sacks and ranking in the top 10 of nearly every meaningful metric in the league. Yet, the Jags have yet to begin contract negotiations, according to general manager Trent Baalke.
This dearth of urgency has rightfully rubbed Allen the wrong way. The team's brass wanted him to play out his rookie deal. He put his head down and got to work. Now it's time Baalke keeps his end of the bargain. In theory, they should have no trouble striking a deal. Just a few months ago, Rashad Gary inked a four-year contract worth $107.5 million. That should serve as the baseline in negotiations between Allen's representatives and the Jaguars.
Unfortunately, getting a deal done doesn't seem to be a priority for Baalke. At this pace, nobody will bat an eye if he drags his feet and waits until the last minute to use the franchise tag on Allen, effectively preventing him from becoming a free agent. Allen won't appreciate this one bit and will express by displeasure by requesting a trade.
The silver lining is that Allen isn't the only pass rusher waiting to get paid. Brian Burns, Chase Young, and Danielle Hunter are also set to become free agents. If any of them get paid before Allen, his value will go up and Baalke will end up having to fork out more money to retain the star defender.