Friday, March 1, 2013
With cap set, a look at franchise tags
By Field Yates
With the NFL salary cap set at $123.9 million for the 2013 league year, per ESPN senior football analyst Chris Mortensen, we now have a clearer picture of the franchise and transition tag values at respective positions.
If the Patriots use the tag, which is far from a guarantee, receiver Wes Welker, cornerback Aqib Talib and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer are the top candidates.
For cornerbacks, the franchise tag is estimated at $10.853 million, while the transition tag would cost $9.095 million.
For offensive linemen, the franchise tag is estimated at $9.828 million and the transition tag is $8.71 million.
And because Welker was tagged last offseason, if he were re-tagged -- be it the franchise or transition tag -- he'd be entitled to a 20 percent raise from last year, resulting in an $11.4 million salary.
The deadline to exercise the franchise or transition tag is Monday.