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: $18.544 million
Running backs: $10.951 million
Wide receivers: $12.823 million
Tight ends: $8.347 million
Offensive linemen: $12.943 million
Defensive tackles: $11.193 million
Defensive ends: $14.813 million
Linebackers: $13.195 million
Cornerbacks: $13.075 million
Safeties: $9.618 million
Kickers/punters: $4.126 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: $16.155 million
Running backs: $9.037 million
Wide receivers: $10.971 million
Tight ends: $7.071 million
Offensive linemen: $11.096 million
Defensive tackles: $9.314 million
Defensive ends: $11.958 million
Linebackers: $11.058 million
Cornerbacks: $11.082 million
Safeties: $8.263 million
Kickers/punters: $3.716 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.
UPDATE 3:49 p.m. ET: #asexpected, the numbers did creep up slightly when the cap was finalized. We’ve updated the numbers above to avoid confusion.