Franchise tag

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In the National Football League, the franchise tag 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. It has been designed to reduce player movement (often to bigger markets) which is often evidenced in other major pro sports leagues.

Usually reserved for players of great skill or of high importance to the team, a franchise tag allows a team's general manager the privilege of strategically retaining valuable free-agent players while seeking talent through the NFL draft or other acquisitions without exceeding the League's salary cap. A team may also franchise tag a player with 2 or more years left on a contract.

The designated franchise player will have his one year salary guaranteed if he elects to play for the team that designated him with the franchise tag and if he does not negotiate a contract with another team.

Types of franchise tag[edit]

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 player's 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 for 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 the player 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 two first-round draft picks as compensation.
  • Under the Capped years a team can designate one additional player only as a transitional tag. A transition player must be offered a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of the prior season at the player's position or 120 percent of the player's prior year's salary, whichever is greater. A transition player designation gives the club a first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another club after his contract expires. If the club matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation.

Franchise Tagged Players by Year[edit]

2014[edit]

Franchise-tagged players
Exclusive franchise player costs by position
Position Cost
Quarterback $16,912,000
Offensive Linemen (includes Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center) $11,654,000
Wide Receiver $12,312,000
Running Back (includes all Fullbacks and Halfbacks)   $9,540,000
Tight End   $7,035,000
Defensive End $13,116,000
Defensive Tackle   $9,654,000
Linebacker $11,455,000
Cornerback $11,834,000
Safety   $8,433,000
Kicker or Punter   $3,556,000

Source[5]

2013[edit]

Franchise-tagged players
Source[6][7]
Non-exclusive franchise player costs by position
Position Cost
Quarterback $14,896,000
Offensive Linemen (includes Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center)   $9,828,000
Wide Receiver $10,537,000
Running Back (includes all Fullbacks and Halfbacks)   $8,219,000
Tight End   $6,066,000
Defensive End $11,175,000
Defensive Tackle   $8,450,000
Linebacker   $9,619,000
Cornerback $10,854,000
Safety   $6,916,000
Kicker or Punter   $2,977,000

Source[8]

2012[edit]

Franchise-tagged players

2011[edit]

Franchise-tagged players

2010[edit]

Franchise-tagged players
Non-exclusive franchise player costs by position
Position Cost
Quarterback $16,405,000
Offensive Linemen (includes Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center) $10,731,000
Wide Receiver   $9,521,000
Running Back (includes all Fullbacks and Halfbacks)   $8,156,000
Tight End   $5,908,000
Defensive End $12,398,000
Defensive Tackle   $7,003,000
Linebacker   $9,680,000
Cornerback   $9,566,000
Safety   $6,455,000
Kicker or Punter   $2,814,000

Sources[45] [46]

2009[edit]

Franchise-tagged players
Non-exclusive franchise player costs by position
Position Cost
Quarterback $14,651,000
Offensive Linemen (includes Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center) $8,451,000
Wide Receiver $9,884,000
Running Back (includes all Fullbacks and Halfbacks) $6,621,000
Tight end $4,462,000
Defensive End $8,991,000
Defensive Tackle $6,058,000
Linebacker $8,304,000
Cornerback $9,957,000
Safety $6,342,000
Kicker or Punter $2,483,000

2008[edit]

Franchise-tagged players
Non-exclusive franchise player costs by position
Position Cost
Quarterback $13,730,000
Offensive Linemen (includes Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center) $7,455,000
Wide Receiver $7,848,000
Running Back (includes all Fullbacks and Halfbacks) $6,538,000
Tight end $4,522,000
Defensive End $8,879,000
Defensive Tackle $6,363,000
Linebacker $8,065,000
Cornerback $9,465,000
Safety $4,396,000
Kicker or Punter $2,514,000

2007[edit]

Franchise-tagged players
Non-exclusive franchise player costs by position
Position Cost
Quarterback $12,789,000
Offensive Linemen (includes Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center) $6,983,000
Wide Receiver $6,172,000
Running Back (includes all Fullbacks and Halfbacks) $6,085,000
Tight end $3,327,000
Defensive End $8,332,000
Defensive Tackle $5,656,000
Linebacker $7,169,000
Cornerback $5,893,000
Safety $4,109,000
Kicker or Punter $2,468,000

References[edit]

Notes
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  3. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/28/jets-use-franchise-tag-on-kicker-nick-folk/
  4. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2014/03/03/redskins-apply-franchise-player-tag-to-brian-orakpo/
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  6. ^ "Franchise players named" (PDF). National Football League. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000146745/article/deadline-day-tracking-franchise-tags
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  9. ^ http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7649119/source-new-york-giants-punter-steve-weatherford-gets-franchise-tag
  10. ^ http://blogs.detroitlions.com/2012/03/05/lions-use-franchise-tag-on-avril/
  11. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82756ed9/article/niners-gm-baalke-says-they-will-keep-working-on-goldson-deal
  12. ^ http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/03/01/raiders-apply-franchise-tag-to-branch/
  13. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82755e0f/article/grimes-franchised-by-falcons-but-cb-not-ready-to-sign
  14. ^ http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/03/02/redskins-use-franchise-tag-on-te-davis/
  15. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d827577fd/article/ravens-apply-tag-to-rice-but-both-sides-want-longterm-deal
  16. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8275a1a3/article/bears-apply-franchise-tag-to-rb-forte-still-want-longterm-deal
  17. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82757600/article/cardinals-say-longterm-deal-with-campbell-remains-priority
  18. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82757d0c/article/franchise-tag-will-keep-kicker-nugent-with-bengals-for-2012
  19. ^ http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/03/02/browns-will-apply-franchise-tag-to-kicker-dawson/
  20. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8275c9d5/article/saints-use-franchise-tender-on-brees-qbs-figure-144-million?module=HP11_breaking_news
  21. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7647252/denver-broncos-franchise-tag-kicker-matt-prater-source-says
  22. ^ http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/03/05/cowboys-use-franchise-tag-on-lb-spencer/?module=HP11_breaking_news
  23. ^ http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/7648141/new-england-patriots-franchise-wes-welker-source-says/?module=HP11_breaking_news
  24. ^ http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/tampa-bay-buccaneers-place-franchise-tag-on-connor-barth-re-sign-jeremy/1218450
  25. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7647426/kicker-josh-scobee-receives-jacksonville-jaguars-franchise-tag
  26. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/05/3470362/chiefs-designate-bowe-as-their.html
  27. ^ New England Patriots put franchise tag on Logan Mankins - ESPN Boston
  28. ^ Eagles Franchise Vick, Place Transition Tag on Akers
  29. ^ NFL.com news: Jets use franchise tag to keep standout LB Harris in fold
  30. ^ San Diego Chargers place franchise tag on WR Vincent Jackson - ESPN
  31. ^ Ngata Gets The Franchise Tag « Baltimore Ravens Blogs
  32. ^ QB Peyton Manning receives franchise tag from Indianapolis Colts - ESPN
  33. ^ NFL.com news: AFC sacks leader Hali receives franchise tag from Chiefs
  34. ^ Chad Greenway of Minnesota Vikings gets franchise tag - ESPN
  35. ^ Cleveland Browns use franchise tag on K Phil Dawson - ESPN
  36. ^ Carolina Panthers franchise tag center Ryan Kalil - ESPN
  37. ^ Jacksonville Jaguars place franchise tag on star TE Marcedes Lewis - ESPN
  38. ^ Source: Miami Dolphins use franchise tag on DT Paul Soliai - ESPN
  39. ^ Oakland Raiders tag Kamerion Wimbley; source says Stanford Routt to stay - ESPN
  40. ^ Jeff Reed: Franchise Tag Buys Steelers Time for Extension Talks | Bleacher Report
  41. ^ Packers Franchise Tag Ryan Pickett
  42. ^ Richard Seymour of Oakland Raiders signs $12.4M franchise tag - ESPN
  43. ^ San Francisco 49ers place franchise tag on nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin - ESPN
  44. ^ Why Seahawks used franchise tag on Olindo Mare | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  45. ^ Final 2010 NFL Franchise Tag Offers - Behind the Steel Curtain
  46. ^ NFL franchise/transition tag tender amounts for 2010 season - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com
  47. ^ Cardinals place franchise tag on LB Karlos Dansby - USATODAY.com
  48. ^ Falcons Franchise Their Punter
  49. ^ Ravens place exclusive rights franchise tag on Terrell Suggs - ESPN
  50. ^ Inside the Panthers
  51. ^ Bengals News Home
  52. ^ Robinson upset with Texans over franchise tag | Houston Texans Football | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
  53. ^ Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more
  54. ^ 2.13 Giants Franchise RB Jacobs - Giants.com
  55. ^ Steelers Designate Reed Franchise Player
  56. ^ NFL.com Blogs » Blog Archive Chargers tag RB Sproles as franchise player «
  57. ^ Seattle Seahawks tag linebacker Leroy Hill - ESPN
  58. ^ [3][dead link]
  59. ^ NFL.com Blogs » Blog Archive Bucs plan to use franchise tag on WR Bryant «
  60. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090219/SPORTS01/90219040/
  61. ^ Cardinals place franchise tag on linebacker Dansby - NFL - ESPN
  62. ^ Ravens franchise Suggs at LB; he says he should be DE - NFL - ESPN
  63. ^ Unable to reach long-term deal, Panthers tag Gross
  64. ^ Bengals designate OL Andrews franchise player - NFL - ESPN
  65. ^ [4][dead link]
  66. ^ Green Bay Packers news | News, sports, features, blogs, photos and forums about the Green Bay Packers | packersnews.com
  67. ^ Unable to reach long-term deal, Colts franchise tag Clark - NFL - ESPN
  68. ^ Chiefs put franchise tag on Allen, who wants to stay - NFL - ESPN
  69. ^ Raiders slap exclusive franchise tag on CB Asomugha
  70. ^ Healthy L.J. Smith gets Eagles' franchise tag - NFL - ESPN
  71. ^ Report: Seahawks place franchise tag on Trufant - NFL - ESPN
  72. ^ Titans make DT Albert Haynesworth a franchise player - NFL - ESPN