Tag, it's you.
Tuesday, February 19, marks the first day on which NFL clubs can designate the franchise or transition tag. The two-week window closes at 4:00 pm ET on 5 March.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has already broken players who could expect to be tagged within the next two weeks: a group that includes DeMarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, Dee Ford and others.
What does it mean to "be slapped with the franchise tag"?
NFL clubs have three different tagging options to keep players potentially in control of the team in a one-year race in the absence of a long-term agreement: 1) non-exclusive franchise tag; 2) Exclusive franchise tags; 3) Transition tags.
Non-exclusive franchise tags: This is the most commonly used tag. When the commentators refer colloquially to the "franchise tag", they generally speak of the non-exclusive version. This is a one-year offer bid for an amount not less than the average of the first five salaries in the player's position in the last five years, or 120% of his previous salary, whichever is greater. The player can negotiate with other teams. The player's current team has the right to match any bid, or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if they sign with another organization.
Exclusive franchise tags: A one-year public offer for a player for an amount not less than the average of the first five salaries in the player's position for the current year, or 120 percent of his previous salary, whichever be greater. Player He can not negotiate with another team. The impact on the salary scale (average current salary compared to the previous five years) means that only the best receive this tag – players for whom the teams would have gladly given up two first-round choices to be signed. Generally, QBs are more likely to receive an exclusive tag, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have used it to get Veon Bell back in the last year.
Transition tags: The transition tag is generally a half-measure used to give an organization the ability to combine a contract. The transition designation is a one-year offer for an amount that corresponds to the average of the top 10 salaries of the position, compared to the top five for the franchised tag. It guarantees the original club the right to refuse to match any offer the player can receive from another club. The tagging team does not receive any compensation if it chooses not to match an agreement. Last year, the Chicago Bears entered the transition tag in the corner Kyle Fuller, to then match the Green Bay Packers' contract offer.
Tagged players have until 4:00 pm ET on July 15th to negotiate a multi-year contract with the team. After July 15, the player can only sign a one-year contract with his club for the 2019 season and the agreement can not be extended until after the last game of the regular season of the team.
Players can sign the offer at any time after being officially tagged. Until the offer is inked, the team can terminate the franchise or transition tag. Once the sheet is signed, the player's salary is guaranteed for that season. If a player does not sign the offer, he remains without a contract, and therefore is not subject to specific times to skip out-of-season workouts (as we saw with Bell last year). Even a player who has not signed the offer can not be traded.
Each team can only use one tag each year – they can not designate either a franchise player or a transition player. A & # 39; canceled bid counts as a tag, so a team can not designate a player, cancel it and use a new tag on another player in the same year. A player can be tagged up to three times by his team, with a pay jump every occurrence.
The numbers of franchise and transition tags for each position are based on the salary cap for the 2019 season. In December, the NFL announced that projections on wage salaries for 2019 are between $ 187 million and $ 191.1 million , another considerable increase expected in cap 2018 of $ 177.2 million per club. The official figures of the tags will be confirmed when the final amount of the salary cap is announced.