Today, teams are able to apply the franchise tag to free agents in order to prevent them from entering free agency. Although it keeps the player from negotiating with other teams, it comes with a high cost.
Here is a list of the one year salaries that tagged players would get:
- Defensive End: $12,475,000
- Wide Receiver: $11,539,000
- Cornerback: $11,256,000
- Offensive Linemen: $11,126,000
- Linebacker: $10,895,000
- Defensive Tackle: $9,182,000
- Running Back: $9,074,000
- Safety: $8,021,000
- Tight End: $6,709,000
- Kicker: $3,383,000
While the Vikings are losing a lot of players to free agency this year, Minnesota is unlikely to franchise tag anyone. they have a history of being very stingy with their tags. Typically, they use them to open up the window of negotiating in order to get a long term deal out of the prospect.
The even better news is that this means that the combine, free agency, and the draft are creeping closer to happening.