Teams should get final numbers soon on the 2015 salary cap, which is expected to come in around $143 million.
And based on that number, the teams that are playing tag by today’s deadline have a better idea of how much it is going to cost them.
Via Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the projections for the franchise tags are in:
Quarterbacks: $18.51 million
Running backs: $10.93 million
Wide receivers: $12.80 million
Tight ends: $8.33 million
Offensive linemen: $12.92 million
Defensive tackles: $11.17 million
Defensive ends: $14.78 million
Linebackers: $13.17 million
Cornerbacks: $13.05 million
Safeties: $9.60 million
Kickers/punters: $4.12 million.
The numbers are also in for the transition tag, which allows the teams to secure the right to match any deal a free agent finds, but offers no compensation if they don’t.
Quarterbacks: $16.12 million
Running backs: $9.02 million
Wide receivers: $10.95 million
Tight ends: $7.057 million
Offensive linemen: $11.08 million
Defensive tackles: $9.30 million
Defensive ends: $11.94 million
Linebackers: $11.04 million
Cornerbacks: $11.06 million
Safeties: $8.25 million
Kickers/punters: $3.71 million.
Those transition numbers also double as the fifth-year option numbers for the top 10 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The numbers could still bump up a bit if the final cap calculation comes in above $143 million, but those are the numbers teams are working with at the moment.