Sympathize With Franchise Tagged Players?

You have to sympathize with these poor, poor football players who were given the Franchise Tag by their NFL teams. Both the players and their respective teams would have preferred to sign long-term deals that would ensure the player's financial future as well as be more "cap-friendly" to the team. However, with the negotiations not settled by the league deadline, the teams felt their best bet for now was to place the tag on the player, thereby "buying" them time to negotiate a better deal in the long run.

However, do not shed any tears for these players who want the long-term deal, as the one payday they will be receiving this year should be more than enough to ensure financial security for the rest of their lives if they play their cards right. As the rules of the Franchise Tag states, the player must be paid the average of the top five players in the league at their specific position.

That means that Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will have to "settle" for only making $7.7 million in 2011,although he'd much rather obviously have a multi-year deal similar to what Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch recently signed with their current teams. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is reportedly "livid" with his Franchise Tag that will pay him upwards of $17 million in 2011, according to NFL.com and may not sign it and report when Training Camp opens unless a multi-year deal is signed.

To all of them, I say, "boo hoo hoo, call the wah-bulance!"

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Baltimore Beatdown

You must be a member of Baltimore Beatdown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beatdown. You should read them.

Join Baltimore Beatdown

You must be a member of Baltimore Beatdown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beatdown. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker