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Official franchise, transition tag numbers revealed

With teams able to use a franchise and a transition tag this offseason barring a collective bargaining agreement, the following numbers will be of interest to many players around the league.

Here’s a look at the franchise and transition numbers at each position, courtesy of Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.  

The numbers are based on the average of the highest five or ten players at each position, depending on which tag you use.

Quarterback: $16.405 million [franchise tag], $14.546 million [transition tag]

Defensive end: $12.398m, $10.193m

Offensive line: $10.731m, $9.142m

Linebacker: $9.680m, $8.373m

Cornerback: $9.566 m , $8.056 m

Wide receiver: $9.521m, $8.651m

Running back: $8.156m, $7.151m

Defensive tackle: $7.003m, $6.353m

Safety: $6.455m, $6.011m

Tight end: $5.908m, $5.248m

Punter/kicker: $2.814m, $2.629m

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32 Responses to “Official franchise, transition tag numbers revealed”
  1. I didn't hear no bell. says: Jan 29, 2010 11:58 AM

    And they bitch about being franchised? Proof that some players need a career ending injury and work a normal job like the rest of us to appreciate what they have.

  2. tdwapollo says: Jan 29, 2010 12:04 PM

    How can these guys complain about getting either of these tags. Even if their take home is 1/2…I blame my parents for not giving me the right genes. Thanks Mom and Dad!

  3. kennethnoisewater says: Jan 29, 2010 12:05 PM

    Defensive Tackle sticks out like a sore thumb….. Vince Wilfork isn’t going to be happy

  4. belichick's cheat codes says: Jan 29, 2010 12:13 PM

    wow. $2.8M for a punter/kicker. kinda makes me see CBA discussions in a whole new light. we, the people propping this juggernaut of a league up, are the only ones who truly ‘lose’

  5. DocBG says: Jan 29, 2010 12:23 PM

    I had no clue kickers made that much money.

  6. adeem4578 says: Jan 29, 2010 12:28 PM

    can i get one of those tags???

  7. Beastie Bills says: Jan 29, 2010 12:28 PM

    That means the best punter in the NFL makes 2.8 million. Its the average of the top 5.

  8. staronhelmet says: Jan 29, 2010 12:33 PM

    If you scrubs really think you could be an NFL punter or kicker, then try out. I wish I could see your face when you realize you’re not even close to being qualified, and wouldn’t be with years of practice.

  9. MrYuk says: Jan 29, 2010 12:36 PM

    With defensive end significantly higher that defensive tackle, and the fact that Wilfork played some DE this season, I wonder if he’ll argue his number would be higher than a normal DT.

  10. hizzle1281 says: Jan 29, 2010 12:36 PM

    Safety: $6.455m, $6.011m
    all that money to a postion that gets MAYBE 60-70 tackles and MAYBE 3-4 INTs

  11. MarkTroy says: Jan 29, 2010 12:38 PM

    HOLY KEY-RAP!
    That’s a ton of moolah for playing a game!

  12. chemicalxv says: Jan 29, 2010 12:44 PM

    “That means the best punter in the NFL makes 2.8 million. Its the average of the top 5.”
    No, that means the highest-paid punter in the league makes more than 2.8 million.
    Shane Lechler is the highest-paid punter in NFL history with a 4 year, 12 million contract, which means he’s likely ridiculously skewing that number.

  13. Tsmith says: Jan 29, 2010 12:51 PM

    if Im reading that right and the Panthers Tag Peppers again he will be getting almost 4 mil less then last year?
    Defensive end: $12.398m
    he got almost 16 mil last year

  14. SF Saints Fan says: Jan 29, 2010 12:51 PM

    kennethnoisewater:
    “Defensive Tackle sticks out like a sore thumb….. Vince Wilfork isn’t going to be happy”
    You got that right. He is still ticked off about his rookie contract where he had to “take” a six year deal. I see a franchise tag in his future and he will be pissed.

  15. footballnut says: Jan 29, 2010 12:52 PM

    I wish someone would slap me in the face with this kind of cake…

  16. C. says: Jan 29, 2010 12:53 PM

    I’d complain if I were Miles Austin and I saw what Roy Williams made compared to what I made. Williams is making around the same money on this list (Williams signed a six-year, $54 million contract in 2008, with $26 million guaranteed). Compared to 1.5 for Austin.
    It’s a business, Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all!
    That’s how I can see players wanting more cash.

  17. Draft King says: Jan 29, 2010 12:58 PM

    What happens if the Cardinals use the transition tag on Karlos Dansby?

  18. EG says: Jan 29, 2010 1:07 PM

    Tsmith says:
    January 29, 2010 12:51 PM
    if Im reading that right and the Panthers Tag Peppers again he will be getting almost 4 mil less then last year?
    Defensive end: $12.398m
    he got almost 16 mil last year
    ________________________________
    No i’m pretty sure if he gets tagged again, his pay increases by 10% or something like that
    The rule i thought was you either get the Franchise tender, or the 10% increase in pay (whichever amounts to more)

  19. Zidane Valor says: Jan 29, 2010 1:16 PM

    Most of you are making an unfair comparison. Sure they are making a lot of money compared to us, but I am sure most of you would be upset if you had to take for example a 1 year/$8M deal when your peers are making 5 years/$35M. Sure you may be making more money that year, but there is no guarantee that you are going to be getting a contract for the other 4 years. I know almost all contracts are not guaranteed, but if you have a 1 year deal while your peers/colleagues get 5 year deals, you would be upset too.

  20. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 29, 2010 1:20 PM

    Now I see why the players aren’t happy.
    Sarcasm off.

  21. donut shop says: Jan 29, 2010 1:23 PM

    TSmith–
    If you’ve already been franchised, and you get franchised again, you get 120% of your salary.
    so, if franchised again, Peppers will get $16 * 1.2 = 19.2 million.
    Which, if we use last year’s [not this year's] salary cap number of 128 million, is 15% of the team’s maximum payout.

  22. New York Sack Exchange says: Jan 29, 2010 2:33 PM

    Wow, $9M buys you a whole lot of Pontiac Sunfires….

  23. edgy1957 says: Jan 29, 2010 2:46 PM

    What makes me laugh is how people can go after all these players for the money that they make and yet, they don’t even stop to consider that there are people working in TV/Radio/Movies that make FAR more than this and yet, no one seems to begrudge them their salaries. Look at Forbes’ Top 100 Celebrities list and you will find exactly ONE sports figure who’s in the Top 25 for salary and that’s Tiger Woods. Just to make the Top 50, you had to bring in $30 mil and guess what – no NFL players there as well. These guys may make a lot more than you do but that doesn’t mean that they make as much as others in this country. Hell, a lot of those that are on the top of the Celebrity 100 wouldn’t even make it on the list for ALL Americans….I believe most of this outrage is more jealousy than anything else.
    BTW, let’s not forget that this is the average of the top FIVE and TEN players in the league. Just because someone chose to overpay for a kicker doesn’t mean that everyone did. The top half of the kickers earn a little over $2 mil while the bottom half earn a little over $650,000. Quite a spread, don’t you think?

  24. Kurt M. Weber says: Jan 29, 2010 3:07 PM

    They bitch about being franchised because they believe they’re one of the players whose market value is what drives those figures up rather than down.
    And, given the types of players who actually get franchised, they’re usually right.
    Sure, Chad Simpson would have nothing to complain about if he got franchised. But he wouldn’t get franchised. Chris Johnson, on the other hand (just by way of example–I don’t think his contract expired after this season) might get franchised–and he probably is worth more than $8.1 million/year.

  25. Gautam says: Jan 29, 2010 3:16 PM

    hizzle1281, if I was a GM, I would be willing to pay that kind of money to guys like Ed Reed or Polamalu … of course the fact that they stay injured a lot will make me look dumb at the end of the day

  26. Gautam says: Jan 29, 2010 3:17 PM

    why are people crying about the money ?
    top pitchers in a game like baseball make more money than this!!!

  27. Gambini says: Jan 29, 2010 3:20 PM

    It’s not the money in the franchise tag that makes them mad… and it’s not the long term contract like the other guy said…it’s the bonus money they miss out on.

  28. jan van flac says: Jan 29, 2010 3:32 PM

    isn’t your salary guaranteed if you get franchised? yeah it’s only one year, but then you can go sign a long term deal with a huge bonus. Most do. Or get franchised again and have a second top 5 salary guaranteed.
    Sorry, I fail to see why they get so angry.

  29. edgy1957 says: Jan 29, 2010 4:52 PM

    You guys can’t see why these guys could be angry? Maybe it’s because a lot of you have no idea about what this means to them.
    If the team designates a player as an exclusive franchise player, he can’t talk to another team and they can take a hard line with him. He can sign the one year deal and get less than what he’d get on the open market. They could come to an agreement on a long term contract that’s worth more than the franchise salary BUT that’s not always the case.
    If the team designates a player as a non-exclusive franchise player, he can talk to another team but if he does sign with them, the other team has to decide whether it’s worth the price of that salary AND two first round draft choices. That can affect the price that they can get on a TRULY open market, as the other team may not give him as much because of the long term cost.
    The franchise tag can hurt their negotiating power and can have long-term consequences on their earnings and THAT is why they’re mad. Think about how you’d feel if you had a chance at a much higher paying job but your old employer won’t give you as much as them AND if your prospective employer gives you the job, they have to decide whether they can give you the job AND give your old company money that will reduce the offer that they originally gave you to jump to them. Don’t you think that you’d be pissed off? Think about it.

  30. The Movie Whore says: Jan 29, 2010 5:10 PM

    I may not agree with some of the dollars amounts but the breakdown shows you who is important.
    The QB is the most important person, next the gur trying to take out the QB, then the guys trying to protect the QB then more guys trying to kill and the guy who takes the hand off the QB and then guys trying to keep the QB from completing that pass once it is in the air and then the guy trying to catch it and then the guy who takes the hand off. It really shows you how the NFL builds it’s teams and which roles are the most vital to a successful franchise.

  31. The Movie Whore says: Jan 29, 2010 5:13 PM

    edgy1957 anybody getting the money for one year that is represented for each position means if you are taking millions of dollars for one yea for playing a game, you have nothing to be complaining about and if you are complaining…well I don’t want to get into name calling but you get the point.

  32. edgy1957 says: Jan 29, 2010 6:12 PM

    The Movie Whore, you make my point. The argument that they should be kissing management’s ass because of the money that management is throwing at them just shows that you don’t get it.
    The ONLY way that these guys get franchise tags is if – WAIT FOR IT – they’re UNRESTRICTED free agents. Funny how the NFL management bandies that term and yet, they RESTRICT their ability to make money. It doesn’t matter what management is throwing at them or that you think that they should be grateful that management is even giving them that kind of money; it matters that they are supposed to have the ability to go out on the open market and get the best deal and if management wants to match it – so be it. Forget the money in terms of millions of dollars because it’s all relative. As I’ve said before, this is chump change when you compare it to how much others in this make.
    How would you like it if you’re making $20,000 a year and someone offers to triple your salary but you can’t do it because your boss has made an agreement with the other person that if he does take you away that he has to get compensated? Would you be chipper and kiss your boss’ ass when he says that you should be happy that he’s giving you whatever money that you’re getting now or are even guaranteed a modest increase?

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