Thanks to Will Brinson of CBS Sports for providing the following breakdown on what the franchise tags will cost in 2012 per position and comparing those costs to what the price was in 2011.
|Position ||2012 Franchise Tag Value* ||2011 Franchise Tag Value
|$16.1 million ||$14.4 million
|Running Back |
|$7.7 million ||$9.6 million
|Wide Receiver |
|$9.4 million ||$11.4 million
|Tight End |
|$5.4 million ||$7.3 million
|Offensive Line |
|$9.4 million ||$10.1 million
|Defensive End |
|$10.6 million ||$13 million
|Defensive Tackle |
|$7.9 million ||$12.5 million
|$8.8 million ||$10.1 million
|$10.6 million ||$13.5 million
|$6.2 million ||$8.8 million
For the rest of the CBS Sports article, you can click on the link here.
As you can see from the chart above, the franchise tags have gone up considerably for quarterbacks, and that is the only position that has seen prices rise from the 2011 franchise tag values. Every other position across the board has seen the prices drop since last year. Don't be surprised if this twist figures into the philosophy of what teams are prepared to do as they attempt to decide who they should apply the tag to.
Of all the positions that took a drop in price, it appears that defensive tackles took the most significant hit, as they lost $4.6 million in value in one year.
For a further breakdown of franchise tags, here is the explanation as found on Wikipedia:
There are two types of franchise tag designations: the exclusive rights franchise tag and non-exclusive rights franchise tag:
An "exclusive" franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position as of a date in April of the current year in which the tag will apply, or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. Exclusive franchise players cannot negotiate with other teams.
A "non-exclusive" franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position in the previous year, or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if he signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, is entitled to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.
Correction: As of the new CBA, the franchise tag offer will be the average of the top-paid player at the respective position over the last five seasons. This will actually reduce the amount that a team would need to offer a player.