Thursday, February 19, 2009

Max Starks and the Franchise Tag

As most everyone knows by now the Steelers have designated Max Starks as a non-exclusive franchise player. According to a press release from the NFL
"[i]f the player is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries of last season at his position, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, he becomes a “non-exclusive” franchise player and can negotiate with other clubs. His old club can match a new club’s offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match. The signing period for franchise players to sign with new clubs is February 27 until the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season (November 17)."
Unlike last season's move to slap a transition tag on Mr. Starks, we see this a prudent move (though it is hard to argue with how well the move worked out). For all intents-and-purposes Mr. Starks will remain in Pittsburgh (what team is going to give up two first round draft picks?).

According to the league there are no potential free agents who have received the exclusive franchise tag. Here is a list from the league of the franchise players:

ClubPlayerPosition
ArizonaKarlos DansbyLB
AtlantaMichael KoenenP
BaltimoreTerrell SuggsLB
CarolinaJulius PeppersDE
CincinnatiShayne GrahamK
HoustonDunta RobinsonDB
New EnglandMatt CasselQB
New York GiantsBrandon JacobsRB
PittsburghMax StarksT
San DiegoDarren SprolesRB
St. LouisOshiomogho AtogweDB
SeattleLeroy HillLB
Tampa BayAntonio BryantWR
TennesseeBo ScaifeTE

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