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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 3, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2012 8:59 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

For 1 fflhogan, this is not a spelling bee. I was correcting somebody, that was bashing someone, who was actually correct. See the difference? Secondly, I admitted using their wrong because I type close to 80+ words-per-minute, but nowhere in my post is the words your or you're and you said
Their or there?  You're or your? Just checking
Where is the you're or your, that is my point. Please show me.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:01 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

if you, your dad or anyone else in your family had the earning potential of these men... with the baggage that comes with it, perhaps you wouldn't throw stones.

maybe someday these guys children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will "Feel better about having such a great father/grandfather/greatgrandfather

" because his earnings here set up his future generations with opportunities that would have not been realized without this money.

Additionally, your fathers earning potential likely increased with age and experience where these guys have an average earning potential in years of 3-5 years with their salaries decreasing in the twilight of their career... just saying.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:26 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

5 kickers and  punter franchised. What the hell is the world coming to? LOL

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:12 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I lived in Ohio my whole life....I moved to Texas in you tell me... You over assumptive DOUCHEBAG...which one is my kicker...Dawson, Nugent?

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:12 am

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Hey PAL.  You did misuse "their" and I was making a jab about the constant misuse of their/there and your/you're.  Take the stick out, try decaf, and move on.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:10 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Hope the Seahawks can sign Red Bryant. Red said he wants to stay but they will need to pony up.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:53 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I always like to look at this list because it makes me feel justified in railing about professional athletes and their sense of entitlement and their complaints about being "slaves" for the NFL.

My father worked his way through college and worked as an engineer all over the world, raised a family, instilled morals and a work ethic in his children, and didn't make as much money in a lifetime as any one of these players will make in a single season (not a year) and complain to anybody who will listen or in the press of how they are being cheated.  It always makes me feel better about having such a great father. 

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:06 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I hope my Pats use the tag on Welker to give negotiations more time and sign him to a long-term deal, I'd hate to see this turn into a Logan Mankins situation.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:46 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Lions actually did the smart thing with Avril.

Since the "tag" does not hurt other teams from making an offer on Avril, the Lions can either match or trade him for 2 First round picks.

Now that first rounders don't hurt teams (with their saleries), first rounders will help any team.

I see a team that needs an end (like New England) making an offer.

Good for all sides.  Avril gets his money, Lions get 2 first round picks and don't have to pay for another end, and Avril goes to a team that will need him.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:28 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

You're or your? Just checking

You better "Just checking" again pal, because that you're or your that YOU'RE mentioning is nowhere in my post. I think it's time to upgrade YOUR glasses to bifocals.  

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