let's define tags first here, Darvon. The 2 in play are a 1st round rfa tag on Wallace, paying him a bit under 3mil and a franchise tag on welker paying him over 9 mil. The tags are meant to allow more time to sign a player to a long term deal, they're not intended to just rent a player for the year. At least not the way the steelers use them anyway.
Originally Posted by darvon
The rfa tag is used on a player that has less than 4 years of service in the league, as a way to retain young talent while its still developing. Allow the team a chance to fully vet the young player, and know his performance wasn't a fluke. It's also good leverage to get a below market deal. A guy can be rfa tagged until he reaches 4 accredited seasons in the league.
The franchise tag is a far different animal, at least in the way it was intended to be used. It's to retain one of your "franchise" must have players. I know with all the kickers and te's tagged it makes the intentions of the rule muddy. I know it pays the avg of the top 5 salaries for the position. I know the timeframe used to calculate it used to be the prior year, but with the new cba it changed. I think its the previous 3 seasons, but ill have to check.
A better example of the intended use of the tag is brees in nola. A guy the team can't live without. Gives them more time to negotiate.
The point of my original post was given the dumb money a lot of far less accomplished wrs got since free agency started, it effectively priced the pats and steelers out of resigning their guys. Wallace and welker have outperformed every single guy who just got big money the past 2 yrs, sans megatron. Considerably outperformed Garcon and meachem for their 4 yr careers with just the last 2 yrs of performance. Garcon was a borderline #2, and meachem was a most definite #3. Neither has even had a 1000yd season. Both got around $8 mil per year. Vjax is a nice player, but he got 11mil per. He's never had a 1200 yd season. Both Wallace and welker have.
The recent contracts signed put welker and Wallace in the $10mil + per year range with a hometown discount. I feel the pats won't go that high, and know the steelers won't to retain these guys.
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