Although the Raiders announced they were going to place the franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch late last week, the official paperwork didn't go through until yesterday afternoon, shortly before the 4 PM deadline.
It capped off a wild day in which more than half the league franchised someone on their team that otherwise would have gone to Unrestricted Free Agency.
When the dust settled, 21 teams had put the franchise tag on one of their players. Legs were the most important body part of the day as 5 kickers and 1 punter received the franchise designation.
The complete list, by position, is here:
K – Phil Dawson (CLE), Mike Nugent (Cin), Josh Scobee (Jax), Matt Prater (Den), Conner Barth (TB)
S – Tyvon Branch (Oak), Dashon Goldson (SF), Michael Griffin (TN)
DL - Cliff Avril (Det), Calais Campbell (AZ), Robert Mathis (Colts)
WR – DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker (NE), Dwayne Bowe (KC)
RB – Ray Rice (Balt), Matt Forte (Chi)
CB –Brent Grimes (ATL)
LB – Anthony Spencer (DAL)
TE - Fred Davis (Wash)
QB - Drew Brees (NO)
P – Steve Weatherford
Most teams are working on long-term contracts with their players. One of the players franchised, Robert Mathis, was so close to a contract that it was initially announced they had come to an agreement and he would not be franchised. However, they didn't get everything officially agreed by the deadline, so the Colts filed the necessary paperwork to secure his services and announced a 4 year deal with Mathis late yesterday.
While the Raiders didn't announce whether Tyvon Branch would be an exclusive or non-exclusive franchis player, it's likely he was tendered with the non-exclusive tag. This means that he can still negotiate with other teams, should he choose, as well as the Raiders. However, if he comes to terms with another team, that team would owe the Raiders compensation.
The non-exclusive tender costs much lower than the exclusive designation. The non-exclusive tender is believed to be around $6.2 million for this season. The exclusive designation will cost the average of the top 5 salaries at that position.
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Wow. It's a sad day when your team tags Phil Dawson.
I would imagine the Pack didn't tag Flynn because they don't want to pay two starting QB salaries. That's the mistake Cleveland made a few years ago with Anderson and Quinn. It never works out. It will be interesting to see what happens with Flynn - if I had to bet - I'd say he goes to Miami or Cleveland (since they have to trade up to get RG3)
I cannot describe how happy I am that Branch is going nowhere!
I though Packers would tag Flynn in hopes of trading him for something in return. Surprised this never eventuated.
Isn't the compensation extremely steep (like 2 1st rd picks or so?)? The non-exclusive is definately the right way to go right now imo! Save the money and if someone should be willing to pay the price (highly doubtful), then use the compensation on needs in the draft!
The signing of Lamonte Winston as Director of Player Engagement is exciting - not a big signing in it self, but indicates that the organization will increase focus on helping the young player to stay on course and out of trouble! Great thing he is a local too, makes a lot of sense to bring him in imo! Great Merits as well!
@Harder2000 Yeah, I know nothing about who Lamonte Winston is, but it's good to know the team is gathering a nice group to work all this stuff.
Now, about the tag, you're right, it would be 2 first rounders if anyone wants to get Branch and the Raiders could still match the offer and keep him if they wanted so. No one will ever give up that much for a safety and the non exclusive tag is cheaper than the other one. I agree, this was the best move Oakland could have done with their tag
@Black_Nightmare Thought so, which makes it a good decision! Especially now when the restructurings makes the cap look managable and FAs even attainable!