DT Daron Payne receives franchise tag from Washington Commanders

Former Alabama defensive tackle Daron Payne received the first franchise tag of the offseason from the Washington Commanders. According to Adam Schefter, Payne is projected to be paid $18.937 million.

Payne was a staple along Alabama’s defensive line from 2015-2017. The native of Shades Valley, Alabama recorded 105 tackles and three sacks in three seasons at Alabama.

Payne was a first-round draft pick for the Commanders back in 2018. Since his arrival, Payne has blossomed to be one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL.

In 2022, Payne tallied 64 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He was named to the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl for his success on the field.

Payne isn’t likely to be the only former Alabama player to receive the franchise tag. Several others that could potentially be tagged are Josh Jacobs, Dalvin Tomlinson, and A’Shawn Robinson.

The tag is not restrictive, which means there is a chance other teams will be able to reach out and talk to Payne this offseason.

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