Here are the 5 players the Bills have used the franchise tag on
One of the first key offseason dates in the NFL begins on Tuesday. On Feb. 21, the Buffalo Bills and every club around the league have the option to place the franchise or transition tag on a player that’s set to be a free agent next season.
Buffalo has over 20 players that are pending free agents and have a few potential options. However, the Bills have yet to use the franchise tag during the tenure of general manager Brandon Beane. Plus, the team is up against 2023 the salary cap as things currently stand.
In general, Buffalo has rarely used the tag in the team’s history. Only five times.
For those curious, here are the five times the Bills used the franchise tag in team history:
OL John Fina (1996)
John Fina #70 of the Buffalo Bills. Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
John Fina was the first player franchise tagged by the Bills in 1996. The two sides worked out a long-term extension and he played six more seasons in Buffalo.
WR Peerless Price (2003)
Bills wide receiver Peerless Price. Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
Peerless Price signed the $5M tag after the 2002 season but then departed for the Falcons via trade for a first-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He eventually returned to the Bills after three years there.
CB Nate Clements (2006)
Bills punt returner Nate Clements. Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Network
After playing on the $5.9M franchise tag in 2006, Nate Clements departed the following offseason. He signed an eight-year deal with the 49ers which made him the highest-paid defender in the NFL at that time ($80M).
S Jairus Byrd (2013)
Bills free safety Jairus Byrd. Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
A three-time Pro Bowler with the Bills, Jairus Byrd signed the $6.9M tag in 2013. He departed for the Saints prior to the 2014 season and injury issues followed. Byrd never reached Pro Bowl status again.
OT Cordy Glenn (2016)
Bills tackle Cordy Glenn. Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
The last time the Bills used the tag was on left tackle Cordy Glenn. He never played on the $13.7M tag, as the two sides reached a five-year extension.
Glenn was eventually traded to the Bengals in March 2018 by Beane for a first-round pick which helped the Bills move at that year’s draft to select quarterback Josh Allen. Glenn did not play in the league by 2020.