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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:46 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

so the browns have franchised their kicker 2 years in a row?  no wonder they've only won 9 games over that span...

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:36 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

LOL....AP soft? He usually  gives the defenders bigger hits than they give him

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:09 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Brinson, Phil Dawson is money in the bank. He kicked 7 field goals of 50 or more yards. He kicks accurately in difficult winds. The blocks were not his fault. He is a bastion of reliablity on a team that has little else going for them talent wise.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:27 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Makes sense that a wrestling fan couldn't understand the ADP meaning. Since his nickname is ALL DAY you could also call him All Day Peterson. Anyone who thinks this guy is soft must not watch him play. The guy is a beast. He doesn't shy away from contact. He dishes out pain and punishment.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:04 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Looks like you are the one that dont watch football. I am still trying to figure out who ADP is...Last time i checked he was called AP not ADP...So you might wanna start watching football. Then you might figure out what they are calling people these days. make you look like a moran.

First off, you might want to check yourself before hating on someone that is correct. A lot of people call him AD (All Day), others call him AP (Adrian Peterson), and than there is a select few that call him ADP which I have myself sometimes and seen it numerous times.

Secondly, it's moron, not moran.  

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:59 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Adrian Petersons other nickname is AD or All Day, so ADP actually does make sense.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:46 pm
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Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:01 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

AP is a good back but he's very soft and can't take many hits!

Do you watch football? You obviously don't watch the Vikings. Calling ADP soft is football retarded.  

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:42 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

The Bengals and the Browns bith tagged a kicker.  That should tell you all you need to know about their chances this year.  I believe they both have already been mathamatically elimenated for this year.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:05 pm

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

This is part of the reason players hate the franchise tag.

I wish some NFL team would slap the franchise tag on me...I don't even care if it's the punter franchise tag. I could live the rest of my life just fine off of 1 years franchise tag for a punter. 

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