Monday, March 12, 2012
Franchise tag figures released
By Jamison Hensley
Three of the four AFC North teams used franchise tags on players, but they didn't know how much it would actually cost until the official figures were released yesterday.
Ravens running back Ray Rice will receive $7.742 million under the franchise tag this season. It's interesting to note that the franchise tags for quarterbacks ($14.436 million), defensive ends ($10,605,000), cornerbacks ($10,281,000) and wide receivers ($9,515,000) are all higher than running backs.
Bengals kicker Mike Nugent will earn $2.654 million, which is the cheapest tag among all positions. That might explain why six kickers/punters got the franchise tag: Nugent, the Browns' Phil Dawson, the Broncos' Matt Prater, the Jaguars' Josh Scobee, the Giants' Steve Weatherford, and the Buccaneers' Connor Barth.
Dawson will make more than the rest of the kickers and punters tagged, because he received the franchise tag for a second straight season. That means he gets 120 percent of the position's franchise tender.