2009 NFL Franchise/Transition Tag Numbers

The deadline for NFL teams to designate franchise and transition players is February 19. With that in mind, here's a look at this year's tag amounts for each designation.

Franchise Tender Explanation

Each NFL team can designate either one "franchise" or one "transition" player in a given year.

The salary level offer by a player's team determines what type of franchise player he is.

An "exclusive" franchise player -- not free to sign with another team -- is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of mid-April (exact date has not been revealed yet), or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, or the average of the top five salaries at his position as of the end of last season -- whichever of the three is greater.

Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha was the league's only "exclusive" franchise player in 2008.

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

There were 10 veterans named as "non-exclusive" franchise players in 2008.


Transition Tender Explanation

The player's team must offer a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of last season at the player's position or 120 percent of the player's previous year's salary, whichever is greater. 

A transition player designation gives the team a first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another team after his contract expires. If the team matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation (see the Steve Hutchinson deal with the Minnesota Vikings back in 2006 as an example of this).


Franchise/Transition Tag Levels

Quarterback


Franchise
$14.651m

Transition
$12.440m


Running Back

Franchise
$6.621m

Transition
$5.925m


Wide Receiver

Franchise
$9.884m

Transition
$8.393m


Tight End

Franchise
$4.462m

Transition
$4.065m


Offensive Linemen

Franchise
$8.451m

Transition
$7.744m


Kicker/Punter

Franchise
$2.483m

Transition
$2.264m


Defensive Tackle

Franchise
$6.058m

Transition
$5.45m


Defensive End

Franchise
$8.991m

Transition
$7.777m


Linebacker

Franchise
$8.304m

Transition
$7.480m


Safety

Franchise
$6.342m

Transition
$5.130m


Cornerback

Franchise
$9.957m

Transition
$8.374m

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