Franchise Tag question

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Ontario Titan, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Ontario Titan

    Ontario Titan Starter

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    what happens when a player doesn't sign it or has no plans on signing it?
    does he just miss that season and become a free agent next year?
    who has the leverage?

    the most obvious case is Brees in NO.
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  2. Gunny

    Gunny Lord and Master Tip Jar Donor

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    Yeah, they need to sign it to be able to play the season and they'll be a free agent next season as well. But they lose leverage because no one is going to pay them what they want if they've missed a year.
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  3. Titan43

    Titan43 Pro Bowler

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    Of course he could always hold out for a contract and refuse to play. I'm not sure if they would get fined or not though for missing time. I would assume not since they technically wouldn't be under contract, but I don't know for sure how that works.
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  4. Gut

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    well...

    If you're tagged, there are pros and cons for both sides.

    For the team...the pros...
    Can keep a dominant player for below market value since they arent on the open market.

    Con...
    Have to still pay them the avg of the top 5 salary AND you must have the cap room for the entire salary since it's a one year deal. So it hurts the teams cap quite a bit to tag a player and even worse if that player doesn't sign!

    For the player...
    Can't test your true market value when tagged. Its a one year deal so if you have a career ending injury, you lost your chance for your big payday!

    If you hold out, can still be tagged the next year and NFL careers are not THAT long. Wasting one on the bench NOT getting paid 10-15mil is not really a good idea!

    Gut
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