(NEW YORK) — On Friday, a slew of franchise tags were given out around the NFL. The franchise tag is a one-year contract that pays that player the top-five salary average of his respective position. More importantly, the franchise tag prohibits a player from hitting the free agent market. If another team wants to sign a team’s “franchise player,” then they must give up to two first-round draft picks.
The Baltimore Ravens have designated running back Ray Rice as their “franchise player.” In 2011, Rice ran for 1,364 yards while also scoring 12 touchdowns. Rice just finished his fourth season in the NFL, all with the Ravens, and made the pro bowl for the second time in his career. He would earn $7.7 million if he signs his tender.
The Washington Redskins put the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis. Davis just wrapped up his fourth season in the NFL, catching 59 passes for 796 yards while also pulling in three touchdowns. He will make about $5.4 million next season if he signs the tender.
The Arizona Cardianls placed their franchise tag on defensive end Calais Campbell. Campbell just finished his fourth season with the team. He compiled 72 tackles and eight sacks for the Cardinals in 2011. He would be due around $11 million next season if he signs his tender.
The San Francisco 49ers have designated safety Dashon Goldson as their “franchise player.” Goldson has spent five seasons in the NFL, all with the 49ers. This past season, he recorded 67 tackles and also had six interceptions. If Goldson signs his tender, he would receive roughly $6.2 million next season.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire