- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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However, the following players were franchised for the 2010 season:Green Bay DT Ryan Pickett, New England DT Vince Wilfork, Oakland DE Richard Seymour, who given a exclusive rights franchise tag, Pittsburgh K Jeff Reed, San Francisco DT Aubrayo Franklin and Seattle K Olindo Mare.
Now these players can work out deals with their respective teams for the exception of Seymour who is an "exclusive" franchise player. He's not free to sign with another team and is offered the minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position as of April 15, 2010 or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, or the average of the top five salaries at his position as of the end of 2009, whichever of the three is greater.
We're sure Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff will be watching how much Wilfork and Franklin get if they come to terms on a long-term contract.
There were only six players given the franchise tag. It's the first time since 2007 that the franchise tag number was in single-digits (seven). Last season, 14 players were franchised and in 2008 12 got the tag.