There have been reports about players receiving the franchise tag in 2011 (Michael Vick, Haloti Ngata and DeAngelo Williams are all rumored to be in line for one).
But the NFLPA issued a memo to certified agents saying there is no franchise tag this year. Pro Football Talk obtained a copy:
“We have received reports that the NFL is advising clubs that they can place a franchise tag on players whose contracts will expire at the end of the 2010 league year.
The current CBA provides that ‘each club shall be permitted to designate one of its players who would otherwise be an Unrestricted Free Agent [or Restricted Free Agent] as a Franchise Player each season during the term of this Agreement.’ The 2011 season is not a ‘season during the term of this Agreement’ so the NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011.
If you have had any discussions with clubs about their intent to use the Franchise designation for the 2011 season please contact the NFLPA to discuss this matter. Meanwhile, we will make sure that the rights of any players improperly designated will be protected.”
Interesting thing to squabble about. Guarantee this isn’t the last you’ll ever hear of this story.
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