2009 Franchise Tag numbers
Posted 07 February 2009 - 12:21 PM
So if Gross were franchised it would be 120 of his current salary or 8.45 million whichever was greater. Salary in 2008 was 7.45 so his tag amount will be 8.95million.
Peppers we already know.
Amazing that the franchise tag for a QB is over 14 million. while they are important of course it means that over 10% of the total cap is in one salary. Much like us with Peppers. In fact Gross and Peppers combined almost account for 1/5 of our total cap. Sure they are good but I really think the numbers are getting out of control.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 03:37 PM
Posted 07 February 2009 - 06:21 PM
Not really. the cornerstones of any great franchise are QB, LT and a pass rushing RDE so that is where a good chunk of your cap room should be.
Those are the positions which command a high amount. Still there are many teams who do well and pay quite a bit less than we do.
But if you notice RDE and LT have escalated quite a bit for us in the last few years to the point that our RDE is the highest in the league if we don't trade him (by a large margin) and our LT also wants to be paid the highest in the league. I am not convinced either of them are worth that kind of money.
Teams like NE have built a dynasty trading away or letting high priced guys walk and replacing them with much cheaper guys. Now they have the same dilemma at QB with almost 29 million committed to the QB position. Wonder if they will trade Cassells late if Brady fully recovers or eat both salaries.