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NFL Transition Tags

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Like an NFL Franchise Tag, an NFL Transition Tag may be used on one player per team each year. Also, the tag may be used on either a restricted or unrestricted free agent.

In the last year of each Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team may choose to place a Transition Tag on 2 players (in addition to using a Franchise Tag).

So where does the Transition Tag differ from the Franchise Tag?

A Transition Tag allows the former team to match the highest offer presented by another interested team. This is considered the “Rights of First Refusal.” Our example of Steve Hutchinson was labeled with a Transition Tag, but also was involved with the Poison Pill technique.

If a player is labeled as a Transition player, he must receive a one-year deal worth the average of the 10 top paid players in his position for the previous year or a one-year deal valued at 120% of his previous year’s salary (whichever option accrues more money). With the use of a Franchise Tag, a player receives the average of the top 5 players in such a position. This makes it evident that using a Transition Tag may create less of a burden on a team’s salary cap.

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.