Per NFL.com, the tag will make Johnson -- who was also franchised by the Rams last season -- the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, with his contract tender in line to be in the neighborhood of $16.74 million. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded 57 tackles and a pick in 14 games. Over the course of 14 contests in 2015, Johnson logged seven interceptions.
According to Hensley, the Ravens would've used essentially all of their current available cap space in tagging Williams. With that, Williams is set to hit the open market once free agency begins. The Ravens will likely try to re-sign Williams as he is the team's most valuable free agent, but other teams will be looking to add his run-stopping abilities to their defensive fronts as well.
There was some thought that Williams, who will turn 34 in June, could opt for retirement this summer, but after turning in another productive campaign in 2016, the Bills' long-time run stuffer will be back for another season. Williams will carry a hefty $8.3 million cap hit in 2017, but after he churned out 64 tackles and five sacks in 15 games while playing through injury a season ago, it's a price the Bills are likely willing to pay.
Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.
House is slated to make over $6 million next season, which the Jaguars feel is too high of a price for a defensive back who only recorded 17 tackles last season. The 27-year-old impressed in his first year with the team, recording 60 tackles, 23 pass deflections and four interceptions in the 2015-16 season. However, he appeared to be the odd-man out last season as Jalen Ramsey and Prince Amukamara handled the majority of reps at cornerback. Look for more updates on his search for a new team to come over the next few weeks.
The veteran was slated to make $15.3 million in 2017 ($6 million guaranteed), which includes a $2 million roster bonus on March 11. Given that Revis will be 32 at the start of the 2017 season, his reduced production in 2016, and a recent alleged off-the-field incident, it is not all that surprising that the Jets are opting to cut ties the cornerback.
Glanton recorded 14 tackles in 16 games last season, primarily playing a role on special teams. Only 26, the linebacker will now have another year to further his development with the Buccaneers.
Per the report, Hightower is now expected to test the free agent market, though we suspect that the Patriots still will look to work out a long-term deal with the versatile linebacker before then. The team boldly parted ways with both Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins in 2016, further cementing Hightower's status as a key defender for New England, especially in light of the fact that he has been entrusted with the team's defensive play-calling duties when healthy. Hightower, who turns 27 on March 12, finished up this past season with 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 regular season games, numbers that put him on the IDP radar in deeper formats.
Adjei-Barimah recored 22 tackles in 10 games last year, but was suspended for four games during the middle of the season after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He also missed some time at the tail-end of the season due to an undisclosed injury. When he was on the field, the 24-year-old served as Tampa's primary nickelback and could see an expanded role on the defense in 2017.
An undrafted free-agent signing in 2015, Martin spent his first season as a professional on the Cardinals' practice squad. He progressed to the 53-man roster at the outset of last season, earning 168 of his 187 snaps on special teams before landing on IR due to a knee injury. If Kevin Minter leaves in free agency, Martin could have a chance to earn more snaps at inside linebacker, but special teams will likely be his domain yet again in the fall.