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Gano could have been a candidate for the franchise tag, seriously

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Yes, the Panthers have signed a free agent.  Yes, he’s the kicker.

And, yes, the Panthers likely at least considered using the franchise tag on Gano.

The fact that the deal reportedly is worth $12.4 million over four years proves that the Panthers value him in the same range as the franchise tag for kickers, which was $2.977 million in 2013.

Though few regard kickers or punters as franchise players, the one-year rate for specialists has made it an attractive designation in recent years.  In 2013, the Colts tagged punter Pat McAfee.  The year before, five kickers were tagged:  Mike Nugent, Phil Dawson, Matt Prater, Josh Scobee, and Connor Barth.

Signing Gano frees up the tag for use on someone else — like defensive end Greg Hardy.  And while Hardy is much more valuable to the overall team efforts, using the tag on Gano would have been a lot cheaper.

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11 Responses to “Gano could have been a candidate for the franchise tag, seriously”
  1. blacknole08 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:31 AM

    Im glad we are keeping Gano. I would love for my team to keep Hardy but only if the price is right. Charles Johnson is the better overall player of our 2 DEs.

  2. cropslx says: Feb 28, 2014 10:32 AM

    Gano was part of the reason we were able to accomplish what we did last year. We needed to get a deal done and keep the franchise tag in our back pocket! Greg Hardy wants to be PAID…not that he doesn’t deserve it, but you don’t want to cripple the team either :)

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 28, 2014 10:41 AM

    Well it’s great to have a Kicker or to have the best Kicker, but it’s never going to be helpful to overpay a player no matter what position they play. You want to use your dollars for the players that most efficiently contribute to win probability.

  4. taylor69togataylor69toga says: Feb 28, 2014 10:44 AM

    Really? Too funny.

  5. tongsareinyourseatback says: Feb 28, 2014 10:50 AM

    Thanks….. now I have “Blister in the Sun” playing over and over in my head.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 28, 2014 10:58 AM

    One above average year out of three. You can look it up. I expect fans to get worked up over one good season.

    GMs are supposed to be more level headed than that.

  7. pilot2011 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    Leading the league in touch backs and hitting 95% og field goals is worthy of a good contract.

  8. prosportswashington says: Feb 28, 2014 11:48 AM

    The same kicker who was terrible for the Redskins plays well somewhere else? Shocker

  9. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    Carolina for ya

  10. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 28, 2014 12:54 PM

    Giants tagged Weatherford last year, hoping he performs a little stronger this year, I like him, he’s fiesty.

  11. jgedgar70 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    No big shocker. This is the same team that used the franchise tag on punter Todd Sauerbrun. Been there, done that.

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