Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEWS: #Sports (NFL) "Patriots Franchise Tag Gostkowski"

To tag, or not to tag...that is the question.

The Patriots used their franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski for this year, the 3rd time they've used the designation on their kicker (see Adam Vinatieri in 2002, 2005). As per the "tag" rules, Gostkowski will receive a little more than a $1 million raise over what he made last year...which is a nice boost. And since he's presently one of the top kickers in the NFL in points scored and accuracy, he's probably worth it. 

If you're still with me here, there are actually two different kinds of tags that can be applied. The franchise tag can either be exclusive or non-exclusive, and there is also the transition tag. A non-exclusive designation allows a player to negotiate with other teams, but the original team has a right to match the terms of any offer...and if they don't, they may receive two first-round draft picks as compensation for losing the player. 

A transition tag? Well, if a team chooses this designation, the player must be offered a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of the prior season at his position or 120 percent of the player's prior 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 club after his contract expires. If the original club matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation.  

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