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NFL Franchise Tags

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So you hear about them all the time before the start of new NFL seasons, but do you actually know the definition of an NFL Franchise Tag? If not, this post should shed some light on the issue.

Each year, an NFL team may designate one of its impending Free Agent’s to be a “Franchise Player.” This applies to both UFAs (Unrestricted Free Agents) and RFAs (Restricted Free Agents).

If a team designates the Franchised Player as exclusive…
That team will be the only one which the player may negotiate and sign a contract.

If a team designates the Franchised Player as non-exclusive…
The player will be treated as an Unrestricted Free Agent and will be able to negotiate with any team. The reasoning behind the Franchise Tag is that in this case, the team who Franchised the player will receive two 1st round picks from the team who ends up acquiring such player.

If a Franchise Player signs with his former team, which must occur in an exclusive agreement, that player must receive a one-year contract that is no less than the average of the five highest paid players at his position in the previous year or 120% of the player’s previous year’s salary (whichever number is larger).

In addition, there is a short window where teams may add a Franchise Tag to one of its players. This year it was between February 8th and February 23rd.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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