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23 Feb 2011
Carolina has placed their franchise tag on center Ryan Kalil as opposed to halfback DeAngelo Williams or defensive end Charles Johnson.
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 23 Feb 2011
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28 Feb 2011, 12:56pm by
Who's the best paid Center in the league at the moment? Surely fixes to be Kalil fairly shortly judging from this.
I'm assuming that they have a deal basically agreed, but don't want to finalise it until after a new CBA is a greed. Interesting to see what they do with the other 2 guys though.
"but don't want to finalise it until after a new CBA is a greed"
I'm envisioning a lot of greed in the new CBA also.
Reports are that they were both tagged as RFA's. That keeps them home until the CBA is completed.
It's pretty much impossible for Kalil to be the highest-paid center. His next year salary is the average of the top 5 salaries at his position - center. There's at least one, and maybe two or three, centers who will be better paid then he is.
I'm pretty sure that the tag is for all interior OL (ie: one for OT & one for G/C), so the high salaries of guards could possible jack up his salary to be the highest paid center.
The tag is for all O-line. So he's getting paid as much as the average of the top 5 OTs. So around $10m a year or so.
Actually, and I know this is weird, but according to the old CBA, the tag for centers is combined with OT's, and OG's get their own tag. You're right in that C's will get paid with the average of the top 5 OT's, but OG's aren't that lucky.
A top center is harder to replace than a possibly-declining RB or a mediocre DE. Plus, the tag number for DEs has to be getting up to the $12-15 million range after the Peppers deal.
I don't think Charles Johnson is mediocre. He's an up & coming DE who had a breakout year. But possibly the DE tag was a little too high.
Actually, the Panthers feel that they have already found a replacement for Williams in Mike Goodsen (I beg to differ, as I think that Goodsen isn't really the same type of player as Williams, and that Williams' speed is a necessary counter-balance for Stewart). As for Johnson, the Panthers really seem to think that he doesn't want to go anywhere else. From the beat writer's perspective, the Panthers see Johnson working on a deal while the CBA is being worked on, and as soon as that is finalized, Johnson will resign.
See, Richardson does know what he's doing with the CBA negotiations. He's deliberately stalling them so his negotiators will have more time to work on contracts with their impending free agents.
Are we doing an EP for every franchise tag application? Or just ones in some way significant above your normal everyday franchise tagging to FO or DVOA or whatnot?
e.g., no mention of Chad Greenway getting the Vikes tag over Sidney Rice?
This is the Rooney Rule of media coverage. Every team has to get one mention a year.
It's not like the Vikings didn't get enough the past 3 years....
We might as well get one for every team ... it won't be long until the only EPs we get are variations on "when will they agree to a new CBA?"
Why don't you suggest an EP for an article about the Vikings franchise tag? It's in the menu bar top right under More..., then Contact FO, and in the Whom would you like to bother? dropdown choose Extra Points Suggestion. I agree, I would like an EP for that in order to have a forum to discuss it.
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