Franchise Tag period starts today

Just a quick heads up that today marks the beginning of that time of year in which NFL teams can begin placing the franchise tag on players. The deadline for applying the franchise tag is February 25.

Let’s take a look at what the franchise tag is worth at each NFL position:

An Exclusive Franchise player is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position as of April 15, or 120% of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. If the player is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries of last season at his position, he becomes a "non-exclusive" franchise player and can negotiate with other clubs. His old club can match a new club's offer or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match.

Quarterbacks: $16,405,000
Defensive Ends: $13,398,000
Offensive Linemen: $10,731,000
Linebackers: $9,680,000
Cornerbacks: $9,566,000
Wide Receivers: $9,521,000
Running Backs: $8,156,000
Defensive Tackles: $7,003,000
Safeties: $6,455,000
Tight Ends: $5,908,000
Punters/Kickers: $2,814,000

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