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Tag impractical for Vinatieri, too

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In recent weeks, we’ve flagged a few free agents who have twice before been on the receiving end of the franchise tag.  As a result of the grievance filed by Drew Brees in 2012, tags applied by different teams in different years stack together.

Based on the language of the labor deal, a non-quarterback tagged a third time gets quarterback money.

As Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star points out, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was tagged by the Patriots in 2002 and 2005.  The Colts therefore can’t use the tag to keep the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer around — unless they want to pay him more than $15 million for 2014.

Other players who’d get similar money if tagged again this year include 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (tagged twice by the Browns) and Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby (tagged twice by the Cardinals before joining the Dolphins).

No franchise tags have been applied in 2014, with only three days to go until the annual two-week window closes.

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4 Responses to “Tag impractical for Vinatieri, too”
  1. tv426 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:25 AM

    Hall of Famer??
    Only after Morten Andersen gets in. And given the senseless HOF view on kickers, that may be in 40 yrs or so.

  2. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:31 AM

    Isn’t the franchise tag based on the top 5 salaries at a position? If so, I’m a little surprised the franchise tag isn’t more than $15M for a QB.

  3. bigjdve says: Feb 28, 2014 9:04 AM

    For all of the things the players lost, they sure won with this poison pill.

  4. coltsreign says: Feb 28, 2014 10:30 AM

    Adams worth the 15 million.
    He came up big all season. I hope he retires as a colt since we gave him alot since he left new England

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