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Jaguars place franchise tag on edge rusher Josh Allen and seek long-term deal

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed their franchise tag on edge rusher Josh Allen before Tuesday’s deadline to do so.

The Jaguars announced the decision alongside a statement from general manager Trent Baalke on the state of long-term negotiations with Allen. The two sides will continue to negotiate a possible long-term contract.

“We were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Josh before today’s deadline,” Baalke’s statement read. … “Our goal to keep Josh in Jacksonville for years to come remains unchanged and negotiations will continue.”

Without a long-term deal, Allen would be owed $24 million under the franchise tag designated as linebacker.

The Jaguars selected Allen with the No. 7 pick in the 2019 draft. He played his first four seasons on a four-year, $22.7 million contract and played last season on a $10.9 million team option. Allen made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with 10.5 sacks, but was limited by a knee injury in his second season. He posted 7.5 and seven sacks the next two seasons, then exploded last season for a career-best 17.5 sacks and 33 quarterback hits as one of the league’s top pass rushers.

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Josh Allen made big money after breaking out in 2023 as one of the best pass rushers in the league.  (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Josh Allen made big money after breaking out in 2023 as one of the best pass rushers in the league. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

His efforts in 2023 earned him Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career and a lucrative new deal, either under the franchise tag next season or via a long-term contract.

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How will Jaguars tackle other priorities?

Retaining Allen was Jacksonville’s top priority in a high-stakes offseason, following a late-season collapse following a 6-2 start that saw the Jags miss the playoffs. The pressure will be on Jacksonville to make the postseason next year, a task expected to be even more difficult in 2024 with the expected continued rise of quarterback C.J. Stroud and the AFC South rival Houston Texans.

With Allen in the franchise, the next priority for Jacksonville is negotiating with pending free agent wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who emerged as the team’s No. 1 receiving option after joining the Atlanta Falcons via trade last season arrived. The Jaguars also have needs on the offensive and defensive lines and could upgrade at cornerback.

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Securing Allen is a good first step. The Jaguars have significantly less cap room if he is on the books for $24 million. Spotrac estimates the remaining cap space in Jacksonville is $20.9 million if Allen plays on the franchise tag.

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