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    THE FUTURE OF THE FRANCHISE TAG COULD BE BLEAK, FOR PLAYERS

    THE FUTURE OF THE FRANCHISE TAG COULD BE BLEAK, FOR PLAYERS

    "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
    calculation.</p>


    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 — relatively speaking — 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
    positon.</p>


    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 that’s 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> won’t 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
    player’s 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>
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: THE FUTURE OF THE FRANCHISE TAG COULD BE BLEAK, FOR PLAYERS

    Basically, with the new CBA, Advantage: Team Owners...

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