The franchise tag was supposed to be something to benefit a player when it was being established but now a days, many players disdain the tag. Each team has the right to tag one player only but is not required to do so. The New York Jets tagged David Harris last year as a Non-Exclusive franchise which guarantees him a contract for the average of the top 5 salaries at his position. Last year the value was $10.190 Million.
This year, the first day a team can designate a player with the franchise was Monday February 20th and they were rumors swirling that Sione Pouha may or may not receive the tag.
If he were to be tagged, he would be guaranteed an estimate of $7.9 Million for 2012.
The window for teams to apply the franchise tag to their own free agents begins today. Nose tackle Sione Pouha, the Jets‘ top free agent, is not expected to be tagged, per a person with knowledge of the team’s plans.
The Jets are tight on salary cap space — they are about even with the cap as of today, ESPN reported — so tagging Pouha may not make sense from a financial standpoint. Working on a multi-year deal before free agency opens on March 13 makes more sense, though Pouha’s age, 33, could be a factor in the length of the deal. NJ.com
These are the estimated franchise tags for 2012 in millions.
Non-exclusive franchise player costs by position (estimated)
There are two types of franchise tag designations: the exclusive rights franchise tag, and non-exclusive rights franchise tag:
An “exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position as of a date in April of the current year in which the tag will apply, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. Exclusive franchise players cannot negotiate with other teams.
A “non-exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position in the previous year, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if he signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, is entitled to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.
Correction: As of the new CBA, the franchise tag offer will be the average of the top paid player at the respective position over the last five seasons. This will actually reduce the amount that a team would need to offer a player.
The Jets need to keep Pouha. If they won’t be tagging him, they should lock him up for a long term deal even though he is 33 years old. Pouha is coming into his own and according to ProFootballFocus he was the best Nose Tackle in 2011. Putting his stats aside, this is a team locker room guy as well. It has been well documented of the locker room fall out and the lack of quality guys, but know this: Pouha is on the top of the list of guys you want on your team because of character.
If you are concerned about his age, consider that Sione doesn’t have the wear and tear from starting early in his career. Until the last three years, Pouha saw limited time. He played last year as dominant as you can with no injuries. The age doesn’t bother me. What would bother me is if Pouha is not a Jet in 2012. I think most fans would agree with me.