|What does being tagged a franchise player mean in the NFL?|
Each team in the league has the opportunity to label one player a year with a "franchise tag". In the case of the Bears's Briggs he was labeled an "exclusive franchise tag". That means he had to be offered a one year contract that was the average of the top five salaries at his position in the year that the tag is applied (for Linebackers it's $7,206,000 for one year). A "non-exclusive franchise tag" means they have to offer the average of the top five salaries from the previous year at that player's position. The tag applies to unrestricted free agents.
It means they have to be with the team for one more year playing under the salary they have now.
It means that if a another team wants that player, they will have to give up their 1st round draft pick and the team the player is currently on has the option to match the offer the other team is offering to get that player.
it means that the player is on the team 1 more year with the salary they have now
it means no other team can talk to you about trading or contracts because more than likely youll finish you career with the team your on but now a days theres allways a clause somewhere for a team to allways let you go
it means that You are Team Property unless You request for Free Agency, which the case the owner and GM don't want you to sign with another team.
From a player's perspective, it means you're screwed. The time doesn't want to give you a new contract and pay you what you're worth, but they can designate you the franchise player, give you a one-year contract, and keep you from hitting the free-agent market.
It means they are signed to a one year deal and they receive the average pay for the top 5 highest paid at the position. This usually makes players upset, as it keeps the team from having to sign the player to a long-term deal and in many cases gives the player less then they would command on the free-agent market
a price tag of the top 5 players at the position