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Washington Commanders use franchise tag on DL Da’Ron Payne

Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

The Washington Commanders have made it official on Da’Ron Payne’s future.

RELATED: Washington Commanders expected to franchise tag Da’Ron Payne

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Tuesday morning that Washington decided to franchise tag the former Alabama defensive tackle.

Payne becomes the first player this off-season to receive a franchise tag. He is projected to make $18.937 million on the tag as he’s coming off his best season in the National Football League.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder recorded a career-high 11.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 2022 — earning his first Pro Bowl selection. As a former first-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Payne has grown into an exceptional lineman in the pros.

The Birmingham (Ala.) native came to the University of Alabama in 2015 as a five-star recruit from Shades Valley High School. Payne made the SEC’s All-Freshman Team in 2015 and received first-team All-SEC honors in 2017.

He assisted the Crimson Tide to two College Football Playoff National Championships in 2015 and 2017.

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