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After The Tag

Posted Feb 17, 2011

A look at recent history surrounding the franchise tag

Franchise tags have rolled in early and often this week. Kansas City joined the list yesterday in designating Tamba Hali as the Chiefs franchise player. With the move, Hali became the first player to be assigned as the team’s franchise tag since DE Jared Allen in 2008.

Thus far, seven players have received a franchise tags this off-season. Last year, a total of six franchise tags were handed out and two of those went to kickers. A league record was set the year before when 14 players were assigned the label.

Teams currently have until February 23rd to assign a franchise designation.

To get a better idea of the company that Hali is joining, we’re going to take a look at the players who recently received the franchise tag and what the eventual end-road was for each.

First, here’s the rundown of players who have received the franchise tag over the past three years.

Players to receive the franchise tag in 2011 (through 2/16/11):

Team Pos Player Tag
Date
Patriots G Logan Mankins * 2/14/2011
Chargers WR Vincent Jackson * 2/15/2011
Jets LB David Harris * 2/15/2011
Colts QB Peyton Manning * 2/15/2011
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata * 2/15/2011
Eagles QB Michael Vick * 2/15/2011
Chiefs LB Tamba Hali * 2/16/2011

*2011 salaries not yet confirmed

Players to receive the franchise tag in 2010:

Team Pos Player Tag
Date
Patriots DT Vince Wilfork $7.0 mil 2/22/2010
49ers DT Aubrayo Franklin $7.0 mil 2/23/2010
Packers DT Ryan Pickett $7.0 mil 2/24/2010
Raiders DE Richard Seymour $12.40 mil 2/24/2010
Seahawks K Olindo Mare $2.81 mil 2/24/2010
Steelers K Jeff Reed $2.81 mil 2/25/2010

Players to receive the franchise tag in 2009:

Team Pos Player Tag Date
Patriots QB Matt Cassel $14.65 mil 2/5/2009
Falcons P Michael Koenen $2.48 mil 2/10/2009
Giants RB Brandon Jacobs $6.62 mil 2/13/2009
Rams S Oshiomogho Atogwe $6.34 mil 2/16/2009
Bengals DE Shayne Graham $8.99 mil 2/16/2009
Buccaneers WR Antonio Bryant $9.88 mil 2/18/2009
Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby $8.3 mil 2/18/2009
Chargers RB Darren Sproles $6.62 mil 2/18/2009
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs $8.3 mil 2/18/2009
Seahawks LB Leroy Hill $8.3 mil 2/19/2009
Panthers DE Julius Peppers $8.99 mil 2/19/2009
Texans CB Dunta Robinson $9.95 mil 2/19/2009
Titans TE Bo Scaife $4.46 mil 2/19/2009
Steelers T Max Starks $8.45 mil 2/19/2009

Along with the news of Hali’s franchise status, the Chiefs released a statement from General Manager Scott Pioli that indicated the organization’s desire reach a long-term agreement with Hali. From precedents set over the past two off-seasons, reaching a long-term deal with a franchised player certainly doesn’t fall out of the norm.

Of the 20 players to receive the franchise tag from 2009-10…

  • 40% (8) eventually agreed to a long-term deal with the franchising team
  • 20% (4) eventually signed long-term deals with another team
  • 40% (8) are currently without contracts for 2011
Here’s a look at what happened to each franchised player over that timeframe.

Franchised Players Agreeing to Long-Term Deals with Franchising Team (8)

Ryan Pickett (2010): The Packers re-signed Pickett to a four-year contract on March 12, 2010.

Richard Seymour (2010): Seymour signed Oakland’s one-year franchise tender on June 19, 2010. Entering 2011 without a contract, Seymour signed a two-year contract extension with the Raiders yesterday

Vince Wilfork (2010): The Patriots re-signed Wilfork to a five-year contract on March 5, 2010.

Oshiomogho Atogwe (2009): Atogwe signed St. Louis’ one-year franchise tender on July 15, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 prior to agreeing to a five-year contract with the Rams on June 23, 2010.

Leroy Hill (2009): Seattle opted to rescind Hill’s franchise tag after drafting LB Aaron Curry in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Hill became an unrestricted free agent, but signed a six-year contract with Seattle days after his franchise tag was rescinded.

Brandon Jacobs (2009): Jacobs agreed to a four-year contract with the Giants just 12 days after being designated as that club’s franchise player.

Max Starks (2009): Starks signed Pittsburgh’s one-year franchise tender on February 21, 2009. He agreed to a four-year contract with Pittsburgh later that summer.

Terrell Suggs (2009): The Ravens re-signed Suggs to a six-year contract on July 15, 2009.

Franchised Players Agreeing to Long-Term Deals with Another Team (4)

Matt Cassel (2009): Cassel signed New England’s one-year franchise tender on February 9, 2009, but was traded to Kansas City later that month. He eventually agreed to a long-term contract with the Chiefs.

Karlos Dansby (2009): Dansby signed Arizona’s one-year franchise tender on March 4, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and signed a five-year contract with Miami.

Julius Peppers (2009): Peppers signed Carolina’s one-year franchise tender on June 24, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and signed a six-year contract with Chicago.

Dunta Robinson (2009): After a lengthy holdout, Robinson signed Houston’s one-year franchise tender on September 6, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and signed a six-year contract with Atlanta.

Franchised Players Currently Without Contracts for 2011 (8)

Aubrayo Franklin (2010): After a lengthy holdout, Franklin signed San Francisco’s one-year franchise tender on August 28, 2010. He is currently without a contract for 2011.

Olindo Mare (2010): Mare signed Seattle’s one-year franchise tender on March 10, 2010. He is currently without a contract for 2011.

Jeff Reed (2010):  Reed signed Pittsburgh’s one-year franchise tender on April 13, 2010. He was released by Pittsburgh on November 16th and signed by San Francisco on December 2nd. Reed is currently without a contract for 2011.

Antonio Bryant (2009): Bryant signed Tampa Bay’s one-year franchise tender on February 27, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and signed a four-year contract with Cincinnati. Bryant was released by the Bengals during the preseason and has remained a free agent since.

Shayne Graham (2009): Graham signed Cincinnati’s one-year franchise tender on May 1, 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and signed a one-year contract with Baltimore. Cut by the Ravens after training camp, Graham kicked for the Giants and Patriots in 2010. He is currently without a contract for 2011.

Michael Koenen (2009): Koenen signed Atlanta’s one-year franchise tender on February 14, 2009 before re-signing with the Falcons as a restricted free agent in 2010. He would have been an unrestricted free agent last season, but lost that status because of the uncapped year. Koenen is currently without a contract for 2011.

Bo Scaife (2009): Scaife signed Tennessee’s one-year franchise tender on April 27, 2009 before re-signing with the Titans as a restricted free agent in 2010. He would have been an unrestricted free agent last season, but lost that status because of the uncapped year. Scaife is currently without a contract for 2011.

Darren Sproles (2009): Sproles signed San Diego’s one-year franchise tender on April 28, 2009 before re-signing with the Chargers as a restricted free agent in 2010. He would have been an unrestricted free agent last season, but lost that status because of the uncapped year. Sproles is currently without a contract for 2011.

The current labor agreement expires on March 4th. When a new CBA is reached, details surrounding the use of franchise tags could change. At a minimum, the franchise designation allows the Chiefs to retain Hali’s rights until a new CBA is signed.

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