The 2018 franchise tag values are set

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The NFL announced that the salary cap for the 2018 season will be $177.2 million for each team, which means there are no more projected salaries to attach to players who get the franchise tag before Tuesday’s deadline.

Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is set to make $15.982 million under the terms of the tag, but he may be signing a new contract with a new team if the Dolphins’ attempt to trade him is successful. Landry has already signed his tender.

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence also signed his tender shortly after getting it on Monday. He and Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who hasn’t signed his tender, stand to make $17.143 million if they play out the year under the tag.

The number for running backs was set at $11.866 million, but that doesn’t apply to Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell after he was tagged last season. Bell will stand to make $14.5 million if the Steelers use the tag as expected.

The rest of the positions are as follows:

Quarterback – $23.189 million

Tight end – $9.846 million

Offensive line – $14.077 million

Defensive tackle – $13.939 million

Linebacker – $14.961 million

Cornerback $14.975 million

Safety $11.287 million

Kicker/Punter – $4.939 million

Should any team want to use the transition tag, which allows teams the right to match another contract offer without receiving compensation if they opt against it, those figures are:

Quarterback – $20.922 million

Running back – $9.63 million

Wide receiver – $13.924 million

Tight end – $8.428 million

Offensive line – $12.525 million

Defensive end – $14.2 million

Defensive tackle – $11.407 million

Linebacker – $12.81 million

Cornerback – $12.971 million

Safety – $9.536 million

Kicker/Punter – $4.493 million

8 responses to “The 2018 franchise tag values are set

  1. more guys should learn from Kirk Cousins. Sign that tender, force the future years on any potential deal to be based on the potential of two tagged years. It provides a strong bargaining chip.

  2. Running backs sure get a crappy deal in this league, particularly considering their short career tendencies. They are a huge part of their respective offenses, but don’t get paid anywhere near the value they bring to the team. It’s no wonder LeVeon Bell is taking the stance he is.

  3. Players blew it. The franchise tag should be average of top 15 salaries in the NFL, maybe top 30. A franchise tag is for a franchise player; if you don’t think here worth that much, let them go. What a joke Bell is going through, and some teams even franchise their kicker.

  4. Drew Brees’ contract specifies he cannot be tagged a third time. My question for Mr. Florio is about Saquon Barkley negotiating the same thing for himself. Why should he sign a contract that limits his negotiating ability in future contracts? Why can’t his agent strike that clause and say, “he ain’t signing that. The kid gets to free agency unhindered or he’s not signing.” Strike the tag dead now.

  5. more guys should learn from Kirk Cousins. Sign that tender, force the future years on any potential deal to be based on the potential of two tagged years. It provides a strong bargaining chip.
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    its easy for a franchise QB to do. not so much for other positions. other positions want long term deals. look at Le’Veon Bell.

  6. 4rings4brady says:
    March 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    more guys should learn from Kirk Cousins. Sign that tender, force the future years on any potential deal to be based on the potential of two tagged years. It provides a strong bargaining chip.

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    He’s the best case scenario. When a QB risks taking the one year franchise offer, then blows out his knee in mid-December, it doesn’t work out so well for him.

  7. The 49er fan boys would have you believe Jimmy G is a sure bet and the Lynch is so smart to give him unproven money now rather than later. Simple math tells me franchise tag is 23 million, and the Santa Claras gave him 74 million guaranteed. Better hope Jimmy G is the real deal or that was a waste of 50 million guaranteed to count against the Santa Claras cap lol

  8. RBs do get a raw deal. Get drafted as a college senior (age 22), spend four years on a rookie deal, get tagged twice, and now you’re suddenly 28 by the time you get free agency and no one wants to sign you into your 30s.

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