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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: Oct 2, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:47 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

WOW Ray Rice is more worth D Will money ? You guys are unbelievable. He deserves AP money. 



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:07 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Franchising Dawson is a good move. He is one of the most underrated kickers in the NFL. he has had great success even when kicking in horrible conditions. Now sign Hillis, have a great draft and get going!



Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:32 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Unbelievable! Not two minutes after I said it wouldn't happen...it happened. We Browns fans are stuck in pergatory. What a bunch of idiots!



Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:46 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

No way the Browns tag Dawson. The only player they considered tagging was Jackson, but he signed a longterm deal.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:11 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Franchise a kicker for 3.8 million.?
Plus, you probably could have signed him to a regular contract for less... especially if you gave him 2-3 years on it.  I mean, he may have had some other offers in free agency, but not at numbers that high.  Besides, you'll have to replace him soon enough at that age... may as well get the new guy in there now and let him get the rookie jitters out, then spend that cash upgrading elsewhere.  It's not like the Browns' are a just a good leg away from a Super Bowl run or anything.



Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:01 pm
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Franchise a kicker for 3.8 million.? Holmgren has lost his mind!  You don't pay that much for a kicker. Goget a cheap rookie or one from the CFL.  No wonder the Browns are perennial losers.  Must be something in the water out of lake Erie than makes this team just foolish!   "The Mistake on the Lake" keeps getting worse.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:23 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Thank you sir, this will be very useful to fans like myself with too much time on our hands and a curiosity about who will or won't be available once free agency hits.

Agreed! I'll bookmark this for my own future reference. Grimes staying in ATL was a smart move. Jackson staying in PHI, and after all of the conflicts in locker room/management by the mid-season, well, that's an interesting one.



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:30 am
 

2012 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker

Thank you sir, this will be very useful to fans like myself with too much time on our hands and a curiosity about who will or won't be available once free agency hits.


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