NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

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The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of.

Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five prior years, divided by the aggregate sum of the franchise tags at each position over the same five-year period. The relative cap percentage is then applied to the base salary cap number for the new league year and, voila, the franchise tenders are known.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the 2017 percentages are as follows:

Quarterback: 12.735 percent.

Defensive end: 10.14 percent.

Receiver: 9.39 percent.

Linebacker: 8.712 percent.

Offensive line: 8.546 percent.

Cornerback: 8.51 percent.

Defensive tackle: 8.016 percent.

Running back: 7.257 percent.

Safety: 6.524 percent.

Tight end: 5.856 percent.

Kicker-punter: 2.895 percent.

The specific amounts of the franchise tenders won’t be known until the per-team salary cap has been finalized. If the cap is $165 million, here are the salary-cap numbers:

Quarterback: $21.01 million.

Defensive end: $16.73 million.

Receiver: $15.49 million.

Linebacker: $14.37 million.

Offensive line: $14.1 million.

Cornerback: $14.04 million.

Defensive tackle: $13.22 million.

Running back: $11.9 million.

Safety: $10.76 million.

Tight end: $9.66 million.

Kicker-punter: $4.77 million.

23 responses to “NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

  1. To simplify, for each position, a running average of the top 5 salaries over the past 5 years, are then calculated as a percentage of the 5yr running average of the cap – I think.

    I guess this is done to smooth out any odd year (say when a few top QBs all re-sign in the same year) from skewing the franchise tag value the following year.

  2. Meanwhile, the Pats refuse to pay Brady fair market value because, you know, he has a rich, super model wife.
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    All QB’s have rich supermodel wives. In Fact, all very rich people have that going for them. Not just Brady.

  3. “Meanwhile, the Pats refuse to pay Brady fair market value because, you know, he has a rich, super model wife.”

    How do you know what they refuse ?

    Its pretty well known that Brady prefers to have a better team and more depth around him than be Payton level greedy. He’s still made over 100 million plus his TV commercials and endorsements.

    Not to mention he has chosen to re-sign under the deals he’s had instead of forcing the issue to free agency and the franchise tag. Some people would rather have 5 Super Bowl rings and a little less cash.

  4. harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 7:44 PM
    “Meanwhile, the Pats refuse to pay Brady fair market value because, you know, he has a rich, super model wife.”

    How do you know what they refuse ?

    Its pretty well known that Brady prefers to have a better team and more depth around him than be Payton level greedy. He’s still made over 100 million plus his TV commercials and endorsements.

    Not to mention he has chosen to re-sign under the deals he’s had instead of forcing the issue to free agency and the franchise tag. Some people would rather have 5 Super Bowl rings and a little less cash.

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    Just because Tom has re-done his contract in prior years doesn’t mean he’s ever left one single penny on the table. Ever.

  5. Looking at this makes me say the Patriots should sign Hightower and franchise Bennett if they can’t agree on a contract. The Pats have depth at cornerback and have always been abke to make do at defensive end at a low cost. There are not alot of options at tightend and the cap hit is relatively low.

  6. arwiv says:
    Feb 14, 2017 7:34 PM
    I still fail to see how tackles, guards/centers arent broken down into two categories.
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    Or inside and outside linebackers for that matter.

  7. harrisonhits2 says:
    Not to mention he has chosen to re-sign under the deals he’s had instead of forcing the issue to free agency and the franchise tag. Some people would rather have 5 Super Bowl rings and a little less cash.

    I see you’re another of those working under the delusion that Tom Brady has taken pay cuts to help his team. He hasn’t. Brady has restructured his deal several times, which helps the team afford more help and therefore helps him. He can afford to do that as a multi-millionaire with a rich wife to boot. But he’s not taking cuts, he’s pushing money down the road. He takes less now, but in exchange he’s getting even MORE money over the life of the deal. He’s being smart and helping the team, but let’s stop with the Saint Tom crap. He’s doing what he’s doing to help one guy — himself. He gets more help around him now and more money down the road.

  8. firstdownbrowns says:
    Feb 14, 2017 7:55 PM
    5 plus mil between TE and WR. and the reason is what again ??

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    Jimmy Graham will explain it to you. Ask him 😉

  9. Wide Receivers over-valued and Tight Ends undervalued.

    Of course, were the first to see this discrepancy created by the stupidity of other teams and took advantage of it. When everyone else catches up they will move ahead to the next advantage.

    Yeah, it’s a System. Why doesn’t your team have one?

  10. bemylovetractor says:
    Feb 14, 2017 7:35 PM
    Meanwhile, the Pats refuse to pay Brady fair market value because, you know, he has a rich, super model wife.

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    He chooses of his own free will to play for less so he can have a more balanced talented team around him. Its the choice between being very rich and winning, or much richer and not. At this point the results have shown that it makes that difference.

    Those that question in any way that this is not entirely of his own free will are suggesting that there are not other teams that would have broken the bank to grab him away from the Patriots.

  11. tigerlilac says:
    Feb 14, 2017 8:57 PM
    Looking at this makes me say the Patriots should sign Hightower and franchise Bennett if they can’t agree on a contract. The Pats have depth at cornerback and have always been abke to make do at defensive end at a low cost. There are not alot of options at tightend and the cap hit is relatively low.

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    Bennett was great this year. But he wants to cash in big and seeing as how this is his last chance and what he gets has to be counted on to feed him and his family for the rest of his lifetime (money after football is nice but none of these guys should be counting on it) you cant blame him for his stance. Its not worth the team get into a stink with him over it. Better if both respect the others points of view and part without animosity. And there are some cheaper options out there. Plus they do need to start developing up and comers so its better to find younger talent and start working that way during Gronks final years. (You know he is only going to last so long the way this is going)

  12. it’s kinda sad that the current hot button position that is in the greatest need of strong players and has the most impact on success, Offensive lineman, is only 5th on the pay list

  13. greenlargo, you make a valid point. It would not surprise me to see it play out that way.

    There are a couple of mitigating factors. Given the value the NFL places on tightends and Bennett’s history I don’t think there will be as wide a difference between what they would do in a multi-year contract and their competitors would do (total cash and upfront money). So, the leverage of the franchise tag could convince Bennett to re-up with the Pats while leaving some money on the table but knowing football is fun again.

    Belichick franchised Mankins, Samuel, Vinatieri (twice) and Gostkowski. He is not adverse to using it but clearly prefers not to and normally only uses it at the lower end of the cap hit.

    I also see a lot of risk in the tight end position for the Patriots. It surprises me me that Gronk is even coming back to play given the severity of his injuries. He also has very high salary and cap hits in 2018 and 2019. I would not be shocked to see Belichick trade him given his downtime. I know that sounds like heresy but Belichick sent Kosar, Malloy and Bledsoe packing, not to mention Collins and Chandler in the last 12 months.

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