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Franchise tag projections

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2011 – 11:22 am

According to the NFL the league’s 32 teams can begin making use of the franchise and transition tags on prospective free agent players beginning today. However, franchise and transition tag amounts have yet to be released by the league. So here are the projections by position.

Mac’s Football Blog has done some number crunching and they provide projections for what the franchise and transition tag amounts will be at each position. Needless to say some of the figures are getting to a very cost prohibitive level.

Some of it is due to the ballooning of a top player’s salary (See: Albert Haynesworth – $24M in 2010 or Miles Austin – $17M in 2010). Those figures raise the average of the top 5 or top 10 players at a position considerably.

The biggest projected franchise tag jumps are at DT ($5.3M) and CB ($4.8M). 

The only tag anticipated to drop is the OL franchise tag because guys like Philadelphia’s Jason Peters and Seattle’s Sean Locklear agreed to restructure their deals in 2010 giving them lesser annual salary this past year.

In any event here are the ugly numbers from Mac’s Football Blog, which is why I’m not anticipating a whole lot of tagging this offseason.

QB
2010 – FT $16.4M, TT $14.546M
2011 projection – FT $17.095M, TT $14.762M

RB
2010 – FT $8.156M, TT $7.151M
2011 projection – FT $9.864M, TT $8.047M

WR
2010 – FT $9.521M, TT $8.651M
2011 projection – FT $11.933M, TT $10.024M

TE
2010 – FT $5.908M, TT $5.248M
2011 projection – FT $7.285M, TT 6.246M

OL
2010 – FT $10.731M, TT $9.142M
2011 projection – FT $10.51M, TT $9.311M

DE
2010 – FT $12.398M, TT $10.193M
2011 projection – FT $13.005M, TT $10.306M

DT
2010 – FT $7.003M, TT $6.353M
2011 projection - FT $12.381M, TT $9.405M

LB
2010 – FT $9.368M, TT $8.373M
2011 projection – FT $10.191M, TT $8.943M 

CB
2010 – FT $9.566M, TT $8.056M
2011 projection – FT $14.354M, TT $11.817M

S
2010 – FT $6.455M, TT $6.011M
2011 projection – FT $9.625M, TT $8.202M

K/P
2010 – FT $2.841M, TT $2.629M
2011 projection – FT $3.26M, $2.956M


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