With the NFL deadline to Franchise Tag players over on March 5th there have been a lot of players who have received the honor. A lot of players don’t like the tag because it is only a guaranteed one year contract but for the franchise it allows the team not to lose the player they feel is very important to their franchise. Players gets mad sometimes because the team can dodge giving long-term financial stability to the player. Sometimes teams surprise players and use the franchise tag to buy more time to negotiate a long-term deal but before the deal is done the players are on pins and needles.
The meaning of the Franchise Tag – Per Wikipedia
is a designation a team may apply to a player scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The tag binds the player to the team for one year if certain conditions are met. Each team has access each year to only one franchise tag (of either the exclusive or non-exclusive forms) and one transition tag. As a result, each team may only designate one player each year as that team’s franchise player
There are two types of franchise tag designations: the exclusive rights franchise tag, and non-exclusive rights franchise tag:
- An “exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position as of a date in April of the current year in which the tag will apply, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. Exclusive franchise players cannot negotiate with other teams. The players’ team has all the negotiating rights to the exclusive player.
- A “non-exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position in the previous year, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if he signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, is entitled to receive one first-round draft pick as compensation.
Lets check out the players who were franchised this year:
- San Francisco 49ers- S, Dashon Goldson
- Chicago Bears- RB, Matt Forte
- Cincinnati Bengals- K, Mike Nugent
- Cleveland Browns- K, Phil Dawson
- Denver Broncos- K, Matt Prater
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- K, Connor Barth
- Arizona Cardinals- DE, Calais Campbell
- Kansas City Chiefs- WR, Dwayne Bowe
- Dallas Cowboys- LB, Anthony Spencer
- Philadelphia Eagles- WR, DeSean Jackson
- Atlanta Falcons- CB, Brent Grimes
- New York Giants- P, Steve Weatherford
- Jacksonville Jaguars- K, Josh Scobee
- Detroit Lions- DE, Cliff Avril
- New England Patroits- WR, Wes Welker
- Oakland Raiders- S, Tyvon Branch
- Baltimore Ravens- RB, Ray Rice
- Washington Redskins- TE, Fred Davis
- New Orleans Saints- QB, Drew Brees
- Tennessee Titans- S, Michael Griffin
Almost every team has used their tag on a player they deemed fit to help their franchise in the future. If you noticed what I have noticed do you see all of the kickers on the list? Yeah, I’m going to teach my son how to kick that’s easy guaranteed money. Besides the obvious let us know how you feel about the people who have been tagged. What is your overall stance on the rule? Drop a line and let us know.
Note: DE, Robert Mathis, Colts has signed a long term deal details haven’t been disclosed.