With the NFL offseason wrapping up, one of the bigger storylines left is which players on the franchise tag will be left playing under the one-year tender. Seven teams used the franchise tag, and while most of the players involved signed long-term deals, there’s a hard deadline of July 17 to get that extension done, and a handful of players are still on the clock.
The franchise tag is essentially a one-year contract that guarantees a predetermined salary for players. The salary amount is set by the averaging the top five salaries by position, or if it’s higher, 120 percent of a player’s salary the previous season. So players like quarterbacks and defensive ends will have a much higher tag salary than positions like kicker or punter.
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There’s really no clear-cut choice for the first pick. While Luck hasn’t been as convincing as a franchise quarterback in the last two seasons, he’s still one of the NFL’s best and has had to deal with a poor cast around him in Indianapolis. He’ll turn 28 early in the 2017 season, giving the Browns plenty of time to give him a winning unit to work with.
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Like the Browns and the 49ers, the Jets need to build for the future and don’t make much sense as a landing spot for one of the more seasoned veterans. With Carr they get a 26-year-old ascending talent who has improved in each of his first three seasons.