Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) is introduced before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Franchise Tag Costs

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:

  • Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) celebrates his first half interception against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

    Quarterback: $16,086,000

  • 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.

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