In a piece now posted on Grantland.com, Bill Barnwell shares his unique view on franchise-tagged players by breaking them down into six categories:
1. "True" franchise player
2. Expiration date
3. Trade candidate
4. Leverage removal
5. Leap year
6. Not Worth the Hassle
Patriots receiver Wes Welker is slotted in the No. 2 spot, which Barnwell describes this way: "The unquestionably talented player who has played at an elite level for multiple seasons, but might be approaching his sell-by date too soon to justify another long-term contract."
"Historically, players who run short routes and lack the speed to threaten teams downfield tend to lose their value more quickly than their bigger, faster counterparts," writes Barnwell, before comparing Welker to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
A fair comparison?
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