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NFL franchise tags: Too expensive for the Seahawks?


Franchise tagging started on Monday and teams will be allowed to tag players for the next two weeks.

The Seahawks have said they have three top-priority free agents that they want to keep for next season — Michael Bennett, Golden Tate and Steven Hauschka.

But how expensive would it be to keep all of them?

Bennett is a defensive end, which means a franchise tag would give him an annual salary of $12.4 million per year. Tate, a wide receiver, would earn $11.5 million a year. He earned $880,000 in 2013.

Hauschka would make $3.4 million next year if tagged.

With so many other players expecting salary increases next year, Seattle might not use a franchise tag on any of them. It’s just too expensive.

Here is a breakdown of how much each position costs with a franchise tag, via Josh Sanchez at Fansided.com:

  • 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

There are three types of franchise/transition tags and any team that tags a player must do one of these three options: Non-exclusive franchise tender, exclusive franchise tender, and transition player designation.

You can read more about those by clicking here.

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