Tag:Franchise Tag Tracker
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:43 am

Michael Vick to sign franchise tender Wednesday

Posted by will Brinson

Michael Vick, who recently caught some flak for missing a charity event, will sign his franchise tender on Wednesday to ensure that he's taking snaps for the Eagles on 2011.

That's according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inqurier, who reports this morning that Vick will ink the deal today.

Vick's decision to do so makes him the seventh player to sign his franchise tag since teams started applying them, and it also means he'll make more than $16 million in 2011, the average of the top five quarterback salaries in the NFL.

It also gives hims a substantial raise from the %5.25 million base salary he made in 2010, and is another step in a stunning comeback from bankruptcy and jail.

Vick's goal is obviously to secure a long-term deal -- it's believed that the Eagles are interested in that as well, especially considering the possibility that the franchise tag won't even exist once a new CBA is reached.

Another reason the Eagles may be eager to lock up Vick is the possibility of Kevin Kolb being dealt -- his stock's through the roof, and if there's a CBA before the draft in April, it's entirely likely that he could fetch a first round draft pick.

That would likely necessitate the Eagles giving Vick a longer deal. But either way, he's being

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:55 am

Chad Greenway signs Vikings franchise tender

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Greenway signed his free agent tender with the Vikings on Tuesday, the team announced.

That means Greenway, the team's leading tackler in 2010, will make a one-year salary in 2011 of more than $10 million. That's based on the average of the top five salaries at the linebacker position.

Greenway was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2011, and the Vikings are believed to be interested in working out a long-term deal the former Iowa star.

That won't be happening until the NFL and union reach a new labor agreement, however.

Tagging Greenway meant the Vikings couldn't use the franchise tag on wide receiver Sidney Rice -- there's still a good chance that they'll tender him with an RFA tag by the deadline of 3 PM EST on Thursday.

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 2:23 pm

Raiders flip flop, hit Wimbley with franchise tag

Posted by Will Brinson

Things were going a little TOO well for the Oakland Raiders, weren't they? Well, there's a familiar air of normal oddity floating out of the Bay Thursday, as it appears the Raiders have reversed course on their decision to franchise tight end Zach Miller and are applying the tag to linebacker Kamerion Wimbley

That's because the Raiders apparently made a little boo-boo with Wimbley's contract -- as we previously mentioned, the final buy-back year of his contract was in jeopardy because of some mathematical folly.

Now Adam Caplan of FOX Sports reports that the Raiders have decided to franchise Wimbley, which means that instead of buying back the final year of his rookie contract at $3.5 million, the Raiders will pay him more than $10 million for the 2011 season.

Wimbley's a very good player, but is he worthy of being paid an average of the top-five salaries at his position? Um, no. And that could mean that the Raiders are interested in pursuing a long-term deal with him -- though they've now done a pretty poor job of establishing a baseline for negotiations.

And there's the issue of what to do with Miller if they want to keep both players through at least 2011. They can either seek to sign him to a long-term deal at this point, or use the same RFA tag the Panthers are reportedly popping on DeAngelo Williams and Charles Johnson to at least squat on his rights for the time being.

Either way, everyone can sleep normally knowing that things are getting dysfunctional with Oakland once again.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Jaguars place franchise tag on TE Marcedes Lewis

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on tight end Marcedes Lewis, the team announced Wednesday.

Lewis and the Jaguars have been in discussions about a long-term deal, and it was expected, as we noted earlier, that they would tag him, if only to give the talks an extension.

Lewis previously referred to the tag as a "Catch-22" and a "sticky situation," but the fact of the matter is he'll be hard-pressed not to accept the $7 million-plus that the one-year tender gives him.

[Related: Franchise Tag Tracker]

Of course, it may not be necessary -- if the two sides can reach a deal before the CBA expires on March 4, Lewis could end up with a substantially larger pay day.

Lewis, who racked up career highs of 700 yards along with 10 touchdowns and 58 catches, now only faces the questions of 1) how long he'll be in Jacksonville and 2) whether or not he can repeat the success he had in 2010.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 4:26 pm

Marcedes Lewis likely to get Jags' franchise tag?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars are in the midst of working on a long-term deal with 2010 breakout Marcedes Lewis.

But if they can't get one done by Thursday, they'll likely be hitting the tight end with the franchise tag, per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

It's apparently "unlikely" that the two sides will reach a deal by Thursday's franchise tag deadline, and Ganguli cites sources that believe the Jaguars are "not especially optimistic a deal will get done" in time to utilize the franchise tag elsewhere.

Although Lewis doesn't sound particularly optimistic about being tagged either.

"That's like a Catch-22 because you can look at it two ways. OK, they franchised me so they want to keep me here to play," Lewis said per Ganguli. "But then if that was the case, then why not just sign me to a long-term deal? You don't know what to think. At that point, you don't know how the feel about you.

"Why one year? That's a sticky situation right there. At the same time, I don't have no control over that. I'm going to continue to get better."

Lewis, a first-rounder out of UCLA, finally broke out in his fifth season with the Jaguars last year, as he piled up 700 yards and 10 touchdowns along with 58 catches, all by far career highs.

If he's franchised, he'll make more than $7 million in 2011, but the Jags intent here seems to be that the tag simply provides insurances that they'll be able to get him signed to a long-term deal before the season starts.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 10:35 pm

Bengals unlikely to tag anyone in 2011?

Posted by Will Brinson

We're in the middle of the fast-paced world of franchise-tagging, but not everyone's been active yet, and it seems like a few teams won't even bother tagging anyone in 2011.

Like the Bengals. Cincy's second-favorite cultural icon (next to spaghetti noodles with chili sauce, of course), won't likely be using their franchise tag for the second-straight year, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

It makes sense, too, because Cedric Benson and Jonathan Joseph, the top-two candidates for such a tagging, don't really make sense in the position.

Benson would be owed more than $9 million and Joseph would require potentially north of $15 million to sign.

As Reedy notes, the Bengals would like to sign both Joseph and Leon Hall to long-term deals, but the constraints of a new CBA are as-yet unknown (unlike the frugality of Cincy's management).

For Benson and Joseph, this means they'll hit the market as unrestricted free agents -- whenever free agency starts -- and stand to make some pretty good coin. Joseph, particularly, should bankroll, as Champ Bailey's new deal with Denver on Tuesday moves him up the rankings of available cornerbacks.

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Vikings place franchise tag on Greenway

Minnesota has franchise-tagged C. Greenway (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Vikings have announced they will franchise tag LB Chad Greenway, leaving the door open for others to court WR Sidney Rice and possibly sign him away.

Greenway is a good choice for Minnesota. He’s led the team in tackles the past three seasons (this year, he had a career-high 144 stops), and he’s played in 64-straight games. He’s durable and talented, and he’d be a good candidate for a long-term deal.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, the Vikings won’t use their transition tag on Rice either, and apparently they believe they can re-sign him on their own. You’ll recall last season that Rice missed 12 games after undergoing hip surgery, and when he returned, he produced pedestrian numbers (17 catches, 280 yards, two touchdowns in six games (five starts)).

[Related: Franchise Tag Tracker]

But it was also pretty obvious that Rice wasn’t happy with his $550,000 salary for 2010, and it’s also clear Minnesota will have to pay him much more in order to keep him.

Of course, it’s not out of the realm of possibility another team swoops in and tries to sign Rice, but that’s the risk the Vikings are willing to take. Instead, they’ll tag Greenway and pay him about $10.2 million for 2011.

"Chad's an important part of our team and his play speaks for itself," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in a statement, via ESPN 1500. "He's productive and has continued to improve each year he has been in the NFL. He's a leader for us in the locker room and on the field."

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 4:35 pm

Hot Routes 2.15.11: Look out, ESPN

Posted by Will Brinson

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