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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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Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:20 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Their or there?  You're or your? Just checking



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:21 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Wow. A grammar contest. Or is it grammer? Let me settle the argument. I'm smarter than both of you guys. Why don't you talk about sports with each other instead of pointing out dangling participles. This thread has to be the worst I've ever read.

Easy their poindexter. Why not make fun of someone, who is attempting to making fun of somebody else, but ends up just screwing up what he was trying to make fun of the other person about? Yeah, you might want to read that one more time to understand it. Also what is there really to say about this article? A bunch of people are getting overpaid on one year deals, in which a lot of them will end up signing long term deals before the season even starts.



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:06 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Wow. A grammar contest. Or is it grammer? Let me settle the argument. I'm smarter than both of you guys. Why don't you talk about sports with each other instead of pointing out dangling participles. This thread has to be the worst I've ever read.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:40 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

And if you're going to bash somebody, who's bashing somebody else about spelling, at least learn to spell. It's sentence, not sentance.
And if you're going to bash somebody, who's bashing somebody else, who's bashing somebody else, I would prefer that you used the Times New Roman font, it is my favorite.



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:19 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Brees just wants more $$$ that he can throw into the bounty pot.




Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:25 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I punch losers who edit posts in the face....



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:01 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

As a Buccaneer fan, most of the players worthy of the tag were already under contract, the other FA were pretty much not worthy except maybe Zuttah but he already got his long term deal.




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:06 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Most of these guys will end up signing long term deals that will negate the tag money.  Most will probably make less in salary but make up for it in bonuses and longevity.  

As for tagging kickers, when the rest of your free agents are not worth the tag tender then why not.  I disagree with Brinson that its usually a bad thing when you have to tag your kicker.  It might just mean that you were smart enough to lock up your studs to long term deals before they reached FA and the rest of the guys would jump at the chance to play 1 year for the tag tender because they are not worth a quarter of it.

I didn't look at Denver, Jacksonville or Tampa Bay but with Cleveland and Cincinnati I didn't see anyone who jumped out at me as being worth the tag money.  I will admit that I am not familiar with all the Linemen and D- backs on the team so I can't say for sure but if your Kicker is your best FA or the only one worth the tag money then why not tag him. Why use the tag on a guy that is not worth the money.  



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:00 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

No Seahawks...Don't know if that is good or bad. They sign everyone they want to keep? Or they don't have anyone worth tagging? If they don't sign Red Bryant, they need to tag him.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:24 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

DREW BREES will not keep the fanchise tag long. He should be paid the salary of a P. Manning or Brady after all he has beaten them both.  Saints mangement I do not think wants to go back to yesteryears. Every team in the NFL wish to have a QB who can motivate players and complete passes as Brees does. After all he had The Saints in the NFC final Gregg Williams ridiculous defensive play calling prevent the Saints from getting there. Now gregg Williams is disgrungled from being terminated he decided come up with players for bounty fees instituted by the Saints.


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