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2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:09 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 1:19 pm
Franchise tags are coming fast and furious for some big names. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Previously I broke down what players we thought would be given the franchise tag (I nailed 11 of the 21; take out the six punters and kickers and that's 11 of 15, which isn't too shabby). You'll see many of them below, as the franchise season has now ended.

Check out our winners and losers from the franchise deadline right here and look below for the franchise tags that were put on players, in chronological order:

Team Player, Position Tag Salary Analysis

DeSean Jackson, WR $9.5 million
Jackson was one of the big names that everyone expected to be tagged. And he was hit with the tag on Thursday. The question is whether or not the Eagles will shop him or look for a long-term deal.

 Brent Grimes, CB $10.4 million
 Although Grimes had a standout 2009 and 2010, his play fell off a bit last year, and Atlanta might be worried about giving him a long-term deal.

Ray Rice, RB $7.7 million
 Rice wants Adrian Peterson money (or, ahem, $100 million), but we think he's worth closer to what DeAngelo Williams makes (five years, $43 million).

 Dashon Goldson, S
$6.2 million

 After having to sign a one-year, $2 million deal for 2012 (after turning down a five-year, $25 million offer), it seems that Goldson might have to wait a little longer before a long-term deal comes his way.

Calais Campbell, DL $10.6 million
Campbell was a top priority for Arizona to keep, and the Cardinals would like to sign him to a long-term deal. For now, though, he'll have to be content with the tag.

 Mike Nugent, K
~$2.6 million
Nugent, 30, converted 87 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2011 and added an impressive 36 touchbacks.

Phil Dawson, K 
$3.8 million

The going rate for franchised kickers is about $2.6 million but Dawson was franchised in 2010 too, so he's set to make $3.8 in '11. Seems like a high price to pay for a 37-year-old who had two kicks blocked and managed just 10 touchbacks. 

Fred Davis, TE 
$5.4 million

Davis missed the final four games of the 2011 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but he still had a career year: 59 catches, 796 yards and three TDs in 12 games. The thinking: RG3 (or, more generally, QBs not named Rex or John) is going to need somebody to throw to, right?

Tyvon Branch, S 
$6.2 million

The Raiders informed Branch, one of the team's best players last season, that he would likely be tagged and Friday it happened. The move means that RB Michael Bush is headed for free agency.

Matt Forte, RB 
$7.7 million

No surprise here. The two sides couldn't come to an agreement before the season and then Forte went down with a knee injury late in the season.

Drew Brees, QB
$14.4 million
 This move is an utter failure in the negotiations between Brees and the Saints on a long-term deal, but both sides have to be hopeful they can still work out a deal. The problem here is that the team probably will lose guard Carl Nicks with this move.

Connor Barth, K
$2.6 million
Barth's reportedly reportedly tagged a year after knocking down 92.7 percent of his field goals for the Bucs. But yes, it's still not usually a good thing when a team has to tag its kicker.

Josh Scobee, K
$2.6 million
Scobee was the biggest point-scorer on an anemic Jags offense in 2011, and knocked down 92 percent of his field goals, making him a solid target for the tag, even if he is a kicker.

Matt Prater, K
$2.6 million
Prater only hit 76 percent of his field goals, but he nailed some long, clutch kicks for Denver. Also, he was worshipped by Jesus in a Saturday Night Live skit. That alone is worth a tag.

Cliff Avril, DE
$10.6 million
Avril would've made a fortune on the free-agent market, but Detroit isn't letting him walk. They tagged him on Monday morning and desperately need to work out an extension.

Michael Griffin, S
$6.2 million
Griffin, not cornerback Cortland Finnegan, got the franchise tag from the Titans on Monday. At $6.2 million, that's quite a nice value for the team.

Anthony Spencer, LB
$8.8 million
The Cowboys tagged Spencer late on Monday even though he hasn't been that productive of a player since being a first-round pick. However, Dallas feels that the market will be tough for pass-rushing linebackers.

Wes Welker, WR
$9.4 million
No surprise here as our Pats Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard reports that Welker got the tag. New England simply can't afford to lose their best wideout.

Dwayne Bowe, WR
$9.4 million
The expectation after the Chiefs signed Stanford Routt was that Bowe would be franchised. The Chiefs announced that he was given the tag on Monday afternoon.

Steve Weatherford, P
$2.5 million
Weatherford became just the third punter to ever receive the franchise tag when the Giants hit him with it on Monday.

Robert Mathis, DE
$10.6 million
The Colts haven't "officially" announced the move, but they've reportedly tagged Mathis and have tentatively agreed to a long-term deal.

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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:47 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I would love to see the Ravens spend 15-20 mil/yr for 10 yrs on Rice to burn all their cap money on a running back that maybe has one or two years left at best. You go Ravens.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:29 am

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You are making my points for me...5'8"and plays a position where GIANTS get paid Millions to HIT HIM .....That 5'8" is when he stands straight up with his boots on...That takes SERIOUS COURAGE. I bet he is 5'6"

You have a Crush on A.P. you have "PRETTY" and "TOUGH" confused...I didn't say he wasn't tough...but Ray Rice is you go look at Stats...again you will fall in LOVE with TD Numbers because again you'll be CONFUSED between the words PRETTY and ALL PURPOSE. see a passing league. Maybe you meant AP is a better "Rushing" Back.

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:41 am

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I just dont know how you can possibly say Ray Rice is tougher than AP who has been the picture of what you want out of a true RB a fast, powerful back that refues to go out of bounds without giving someone a nice helmet to the chest for their troubles. I have never seen Ray Rice flat out run someone over ever, the guys like 5'11" and AP is like 6'2". Maybe you are equating APs toughness to the injury he got but hes gonna show you how tough he is by being on the field in 2012, not only that but Ray Rice hasnt carried his team on his shoulders for the last five years either.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:29 am

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As far as my Philosophy on Kickers.....It's like I tell my girlfriend..I can replace you as easily as going to the corner store to pick up another six pack.....She's knows I'm kidding. But on the Kickers...Not so much.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:26 am

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Joe Beans youmust be in a relationship with a kicker ;) or an Agent for one...LOL....Actually your right he was there best player...That's because there teams STINKS. And when you Start looking at Ray Rice vs AP as a Football Player, and not a GUY You'd Like to Date...That must be your perspective.

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:21 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

o ya and by the way Phil Dawson was the best player on the whole entire Browns team last year, not a Browns fan but one of the better moves that organization has made, they just need to pray the never get a chance at another #1 overall that would be another disaster.

And whoever said Ray Rice is tougher than AP has no knowledge of football at all, no Baltimore Raven is tough first of all they all TALK tough but they arnt tough and havnt won a thing, in recent memory (you can hang on to 2000). Ray Lewis is the only G and hes a god damn preacher these days

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:15 am

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actually why wouldnt you tag a kicker, a player that could go from really good to really bad in one year, the Pats did it for years with Adam Vinatieri. What do you think these kickers should get long term deals?

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:15 am

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What does it say about the "State" of Professional Football, that both the Ohio teams would franchise a kicker? That's ridiculous.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:13 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Bengal franchise a Kicker...LOL...that shouldn't even be allowed. Doesn't it state some where in the rules you have to use the TAG on a Football Player.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:10 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Ray Rice is tougher than AP.

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