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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
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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:01 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I agree!!
Ray Rice IS the Ravens offense!! Without him they would be lucky to score 10 pts a game!!
AP is a good back but he's very soft and can't take many hits! Yes he has many long runs but is very suspect in the blocking department. The vikings best runner at times is their WR-Harvin. When AP went down they were still terrible!
AP is overpaid and so are most Rb's. I would definitly pay him some what in between AP and Williams!!



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:27 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Great post dsruble3. I think the issue is, CBS analysts believe Adrian Peterson isn't worth Adrian Peterson money and should be paid closer to DeAngelo Williams. This site has a long history of viewing runners as disposable luxury items. Draft them, run them up the middle 20 times a game for five years, francise him once or twice until their knees bend both ways, then cut him loose draft the next one because his best years are behind him. Sad but true. I respectfully disagree. As a Lions fan I remember Barry Sanders and know what an exceptional running back can do for a team.




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:27 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Great post dsruble3. I think the issue is, CBS analysts believe Adrian Peterson isn't worth Adrian Peterson money and should be paid closer to DeAngelo Williams. This site has a long history of viewing runners as disposable luxury items. Draft them, run them up the middle 20 times a game for five years, francise him once or twice until their knees bend both ways, then cut him loose draft the next one because his best years are behind him. Sad but true. I respectfully disagree. As a Lions fan I remember Barry Sanders and know what an exceptional running back can do for a team. 




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:25 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Great post dsruble3. I think the issue is, CBS analysts believe Adrian Peterson isn't worth Adrian Peterson money and should be paid closer to DeAngelo Williams. This site has a long history of viewing runners as disposable luxury items. Draft them, run them up the middle 20 times a game for five years, francise him once or twice until their knees bend both ways, then cut him loose draft the next one because his best years are behind him. Sad but true. I respectfully disagree. As a Lions fan I remember Barry Sanders and know what an exceptional running back can do for a team. 




Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:21 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Conspiracy theory out here:  What if Brees was just helping Nicks get paid his due?  Yeah he would probably prefer him to stay on the team, but to use the cliche that gets really tired:  "it's a business".



Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:15 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

I very rarely post comments on these boards (and I am NOT a Ravens Fan) but how could anyone possibly say that Ray Rice is worth closer to DeAngelo Williams than Adrian Peterson.  He is a freaking work horse - running, receiving, blocking, etc.  The Ravens offense would be absolutely dreadful if it wasn't for Ray Rice.  Further to that, he has avoided the injury bug (hopefullly that isn't a jinx).  That may be one of the worst commentaries I have ever read.



Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:31 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Ive noticed many people making comments about certain players being worth less than what they have been tagged with, and how other guys are worth more than they were tagged with.  Just making sure everyone knows:  The NFL sets the value of the tag...neither the Team or the Player (or players agent) have anything to do with how much that tag is worth.  

I totally agree that in reality, Rice and Forte are worth much more than D-Jax, but unfortunatly, thats now how it works.  Its a pass first league.  The highest paid positions are going to involve passing: QB, WR, CB, OLB(pass rushers)   and since the tag works on an average of the last years top 5 paid players in said position, thats what the teams have to pay.  So in the end, WR's on average are paid more than RB's, hence the lower amount for Forte and Rice.  

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



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:11 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

The Steelers dont franchise wide receivers because they are smart. 9.5 mil is way too much for Wallace who cant get open in the red zone and he sucked against the Broncos. If the Rams give up the 2nd pick of the draft for Wallace,  the Steelers will win the super bowl. Neither of those will happen. The steelers will sign him to a long term deal at about2.7 a year.



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:09 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Your team is headed in the wrong direction when you tag an idiot kicker. 
 



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:36 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

10 mil. for Grimes?...are you kidding?..


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