02-19-2012, 11:38 AM
THE FUTURE OF THE FRANCHISE TAG COULD BE BLEAK, FOR PLAYERS (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/19/the-future-of-the-franchise-tag-could-be-bleak-for-players/related/)

"We explained earlier today that the <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/19/franchise-tenders-shrink-under-new-cba/">franchise
tags will be lower</a> in 2012 than they were in 2011. The difference comes
from a new formula for calculating the franchise tenders.

And while many believe that the new CBA sticks it to young players in the
name of ensuring that more money will be available for veterans, the new formula
for calculating the franchise tenders will consistently stick it to some of the
most desirable veteran players in the game. Indeed, the franchise tender under
the new CBA will have no connection to what the five highest-paid players in the
game earn.</p>

With the franchise tender determined by the average franchise tender for the
last five years, the number will settle into a fairly narrow range that adjusts
each year with the salary cap. As the top end of the free-agent market at each
position grows, none of that will matter to the franchise tender

Eventually, the five highest-paid players at a given position could each be
earning significantly more than the amount of the franchise tender, which would
make it ó relatively speaking ó far cheaper to keep a player by using the
franchise tag than by signing him to a deal based on the broader market at his

The only saving grace for some players is that the 120-percent clause still
applies, which gives men like <a class="nameLink" href="http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3636/mario-williams">Mario
Williams</a> and, next year, <a class="nameLink" href="http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4153/calvin-johnson">Calvin
Johnson</a> the ability to earn well over twice what the franchise tender
otherwise would be, thanks to the large cap numbers at the tail end of their
top-five rookie deals.</p>

And thatís where the process of sticking it to rookies and sticking it to
franchise players will eventually collide.</p>

When the 2011 draft picks become unrestricted free agents, guys like <a class="nameLink" href="http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6491/cam-newton">Cam
Newton</a> wonít have ridiculously high cap numbers in the final seasons of
their contracts, thanks to the dramatic reduction in the value of the
first-round rookie deals. Thus, in time, no player wrapping up his rookie deal
will benefit from the 120-percent rule, facing instead a franchise tender that
will stay low as the money paid to other players at the position grows.</p>

The only thing that protects franchise players from a career of the
year-to-year franchise tender is that the procedures for using it a third
straight time on the same player have changed. At that point, the player gets
the average of the five highest-paid players at the quarterback position in the
prior year or 120 percent of the average of the five highest-paid players at the
playerís same position or 144 percent of his franchise tender for the prior
year, whichever is greater.</p>

Still, players who receive the franchise tender are in for some
disappointment that will start in 2012 and continue each and every year of the
10-year labor deal."</p>

02-20-2012, 08:18 PM
Basically, with the new CBA, Advantage: Team Owners...