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Jennings: I don't want a franchise tag

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by adambr2, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. HardRightEdge

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    As you note, the player has leverage, and that leverage ends up diminishing (if not wiping out) trade value...potential trading partners have no guarantee they will be able to negotiate out of the tag contract into a more reasonable multi-year deal.

    Flynn's tag cost was $14.4 mil. Nobody would want to take that on. To illustrate the point, SEA was the high bidder in free agency, or close to it, signing Flynn to 3 years for $19.5 mil plus incentives. Had Flynn been traded to SEA and they offered him that deal, he could have said "no thanks" and played for the one year under that tag cost.

    It's not hard to see the chilling effect on trade value for a guy that's been tagged.

    So, how did NE manage to make a sweet tag-and-trade of Cassel to KC, the frequently cited precedent in the Flynn discussions?

    Given Mr. Belichicks track record of playing fast and loose with rules, particularly in the time period surrounding the Cassel deal, it is not a stretch to think there was something rotten in Denmark. It is not hard to envision a 3-way conversation between Belichick, KC and Cassel's agent in advance of applying the tag, whereby Cassel and KC had a handshake deal on the multi-year contract he would eventually sign.

    This is a great way to take out the risks and everybody gets what they want. One problem...this kind of back door dealing violates about a half dozen league rules.

    If you tag a guy, the lessons would be (1) you better be happy to play him and pay him for that one year or (2) be prepared to cheat.

    As for Flynn's future, there is a fair amount of bad quarterbacking in this league and the draft pickings this year are slim. Don't be shocked if Flynn is starting somewhere come 2013.
     
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  2. Lunchboxer

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    Who would the pack use the tag on?
     
  3. HardRightEdge

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    Nobody.
     
  4. ivo610

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    I believe we could get a very nice comp pick without tagging him. Why risk tagging him over the difference of maybe a round in draft pick.
     
  5. HardRightEdge

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    The highest comp pick awarded is bottom of the third round. At the time Flynn signed with Seattle, it was expected he would start and we'd get a top comp pick or close to it. Now, that seems entirely out of the question. Eggs ain't chickens.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0900...tributes-compensatory-draft-picks-to-15-clubs

    Note that losing Jenkins and Colledge, both well compensated starters on their new teams, plus consideration for 3 other FA losses, earned us 2 bottom of the 4th. round picks.
     
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    Come on....where's that big Greggie smile?? !!!Cha-ching!!! ... ah... there it is .. cha-ching!!!

    I'm with Jack. I don't like seeing it because Jennings is a locker room guy... hate to see him go, but I think it's gonna happen. Just wish he'd stop playing the PR game with the media and quietly go with dignity and honor. He has nothing to be ashamed about. I can appreciate that 'greed is good' ... his family wouldn't be hungry or lose their house either way.
     
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    The other side of the coin is the minimum salary cap. Beginning with the 2013 season, teams must pay out a minimum of 89% of the salary cap in cash. There are a few teams that might be bound to add salary through extensions or free agency. The following link shows estimated cap space as of November, which gives some indication of who might need to add payouts:

    http://nfltraderumors.co/nfl-team-cap-space/

    I would caution that some estimates of team cap space for 2013 based on existing contracts (which would exclude pending FAs) can be quite a bit different. For example, I saw a note that the Colts are slated to be more than $40 mil under the cap next season; I'd presume they have some high-priced guys becoming FAs, though I've not checked it out.

    An interesting part of this new CBA provision is the "in cash" element. I've not seen this explained in any detail, but I'd presume the 2013 "cash" would include in full any new signing bonuses, even though they are prorated over the term of the contract for cap purposes. Otherwise, you could not have more than $13 mil in deferred cap (11 % of $121 mil), which might be mathematically impossible for a number of teams.

    Here's a piece that describes some long term cap info, in the context of a Cowboys "case study":

    http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2012...dont-expect-increased-salary-cap-anytime-soon
     
  9. 13 Times Champs

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    Good stuff!!! thanks for the links. I went to the top 50 free agents list. Wow are there a lot of good offensive tackles on it.
     

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