NFL Free Agency: The Game of Franchise Tag Begins

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The two-week window for using the franchise tag opens.  Every team can use the franchise tag on one player they can’t afford to lose, but have been unable to work out a long-term deal out with yet. Here is a list of the tentative tag numbers by position:

POSITION FRANCHISE TAG COST
Quarterback $14.642
Defensive End $10.984
Cornerback $10.668
Wide Receiver $10.357
Offensive Lineman $9.660
Linebacker $9.455
Defensive Tackle $8.306
Running Back $8.079
Safety $6.798
Tight End $5.962
Kicker/Punter $2.926

Last year, 21 teams took advantage of the franchise tag, and we can expect to see a number high again with players like Joe Flacco, Jarius Byrd, Ryan Clady, and Victor Cruz set to hit the market.

 

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