Franchise tag drop helps teams

Change in how values are calculated is giving players less leverage

Originally Published: March 8, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Values for NFL franchises couldn't be higher.

The new collective bargaining agreement gave the NFL 10 years of labor peace. The league cut a deal that provided teams a better percentage of revenues. Network television extensions add billions to the fortunes of the league.

How did the value of franchise players drop?

Franchise wide receivers dropped from $11.3 million to $9.4 million. Quarterbacks went from $16 million to $14.4 million. Running backs fell from $9.5 million to ...

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