July 14th – WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE FRANCHISE TAG?
To the casual fan of the NFL the Franchise Tag may seem like a good deal or a definite contract that should be taken. In all reality is it everything but a sure thing and a slam dunk for a player. First step back and envision the life of an NFL player. After playing five to three years and putting in everything that could be possibly given to the franchise instead of being given a four to seven year deal that provides stability and security for a family and player the organization only offers a one year deal that can only be used on one player per year. This guarantees nothing beyond this year and what was earned was not given. Why players hold out after being offered the Franchise Tag is for a few reasons. First off as mentioned it offers no security for the player. The biggest reason why security is mentioned is because making a career in the NFL is very hard especially because of career ending injuries. The player already made it through three to five years proving his worth and god forbid he gets injured in the Franchise Tag year he is left with nothing. This is the biggest fear and precaution when players sign the Franchise Tag. The second impact comes when the player is expecting a long term deal and only given the Franchise Tag. This leaves the player feeling unwanted or undervalued by the organization and this is never a good thing. Lastly but still in the fore front of a player’s mind is opportunities that are out there that cannot be pursued. The player cannot accept an offer sheet from another team so ultimately it’s a no win situation for the player that particular year unless he holds out and gets a deal or is signed and then traded if he decides to not sign the Franchise Tag. These are the only outcomes for players under the Franchise Tag as it is more or less an ultimatum.
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