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Clay: Waiting was the hardest part

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:48 pm

Bills new TE Charles Clay wasn’t trying to mimic Tom Petty’s hit song, but as Miami’s transition player, the waiting truly was the hardest part of his free agent process this spring, especially when he was set on joining the Bills.

Clay first had to wait about a week before finally signing Buffalo’s offer sheet. Then there was more waiting to see if Miami would match the offer sheet. The Dolphins ultimately pulled the plug after just two days confirming they would not match, even though they could’ve gone a full five days. Still, it was much too long for Clay.

“It was strange simply because you take that visit and everything went so well from meeting coaches to meeting people around the facility. I was so excited to have that opportunity that I wanted to sign right away and then signing that offer sheet and then having to wait,” Clay said via conference call Tuesday. “Then it’s kind of like taking a step back and just having to wait on everything to play out, but at the end of the day it all worked out just how I wanted it and like I said, I couldn’t be happier.”


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Report: Miami will not match Clay offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2015 – 11:42 am

The Dolphins have until Sunday night at midnight going into Monday to match the offer sheet signed by Charles Clay with Buffalo. According to reports however, Miami is pulling out on competing for Clay early.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Miami will not match Buffalo’s offer sheet for Clay.

No word yet as to whether the Dolphins have rescinded the transition tag on Clay, which would officially make Clay a Buffalo Bill and terminate the five-day right of first refusal.

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Time to match an offer sheet is just 5 days

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 10:43 am

It has been widely reported that a team like the Miami Dolphins, who have exercised the use of the Transition tag with their free agent TE Charles Clay, would have seven days to match any signed offer sheet that Clay might receive on the open market. In examining the current CBA the time period is shorter than that.

According to Article 10, Section 5 of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Dolphins would have just five days to match any offer sheet that Clay might sign. Here’s the language straight from the CBA below.

Section 5. Right of First Refusal for Transition Players: Any player designated as a Transition Player shall, at the expiration of his prior year Player Contract, be permitted to negotiate a Player Contract with any Club. When the Transition Player negotiates such an offer with a New Club, which the player desires to accept, he shall give to the Prior Club a completed Offer Sheet, signed by the player and the New Club, which shall contain the Principal Terms (as defined in Article 9) of the New Club’s offer. The Prior Club, within five (5) days from the date it receives the Offer Sheet, may exercise or not exercise its Right of First Refusal, which shall have the consequences set forth in Sections 3(b)-(h), 4 and 6 of Article 9 above, except that no Draft Choice Compensation shall be made with respect to such player, and, for the purposes of those provisions, the player and each Club shall otherwise have the same rights and obligations as for a Restricted Free Agent.

The Bills are currently conducting a free agent visit with Clay at One Bills Drive.


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Projected franchise & transition tags

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2013 – 2:49 pm

For those that haven’t seen them here are the projected franchise and transition tag figures for 2013.

The league has not finalized these figures as of yet, but they will do so in March. The figures are a bit of a moving target because if one player is franchised, his salary is then factored in for the next player at that position that might be franchised thereby increasing the value of the figure.

2013 Projected franchise and transition tag tenders
CB: Franchise: $10.668         Transition: $8.939
DE: Franchise: $10.984         Transition: $8.994
DT: Franchise: $8.306           Transition: $6.919
K/P: Franchise: $2.926         Transition: $2.654
LB: Franchise: $9.455           Transition: $8.216
OL: Franchise: $9.660           Transition: $8.560
QB: Franchise: $14.642         Transition: $12.845
RB: Franchise: $8.079           Transition: $6.851
S: Franchise: $6.798             Transition: $5.899
TE: Franchise: $5.962            Transition: $5.105
WR: Franchise: $10.357        Transition: $8.716

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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