Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Feb 2008

Trufant, Asomugha, Williams Franchised

Somewhere, Asante Samuel is doing a happy little dance. He's now the top free agent on the market, as the other big-name cornerbacks -- Marcus Trufant of the Seahawks and Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders -- were franchised on Wednesday. The going rate for No. 1 corners is now about $10 million per year. Meanwhile, the Packers locked up Corey Williams, a defensive tackle who posted seven sacks in 2007.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 21 Feb 2008

13 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2008, 12:51pm by Alex


by resident jenius (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 8:39am

No love for Jordan Gross?

by Tom D (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 9:27am

I don't think Carolina has the cap space to franchise him.

by The Interrupting Sheep (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 9:59am


Dude, click my name.

by Fan in Exile (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 10:22am

Rats, I was really hoping that the Broncos would be able to sign Williams. We need an experienced DT.

by Flounder (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 11:19am

I'm pretty surprised Williams got tagged. I thought they were going to let him walk. If Harrell progresses and can get in a bit better shape this off season and Jolly comes back well from injury, the GB interior line should be fairly formidable.

by Flounder (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 11:28am

although I suppose this just may be a vehicle to trade Williams and get some decent compensation, rather than just letting him walk.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 1:47pm

The franchise tag is a mess, does anyone, anywhere actually think that Wlliams deserves to be paid as one of the top five tackles in the league? Even including opinions from members of the Williams family, is he in the best 20 DTs in the game?

by panthersnbraves (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 4:10pm

Jordon Gross got franchised. Hopefully, it will just be a step on the way to a long-term deal.

by Karl Cuba (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 4:34pm

Now Ken Hamlin has been tagged, a bobbins safety, the franchise tag is a joke and is probably 25% too low across the board.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 4:55pm

If franchising a player doesn't put you in salary cap stress and adds to your team's talent next year, it doesn't matter if you overpay.

by Darrel (not verified) :: Fri, 02/22/2008 - 5:07am

Is there any team that needs Asante Samuel more than the Saints?

(How would he fit in their man-to-man scheme?)

by thestar5 (not verified) :: Fri, 02/22/2008 - 5:21am

Good. Hamlin got tagged, that means Flo won't be. Plus Hamlin is oretty good anyways, without him the safety spot is a disaster. By the way, I don't see the big problem with the tag, it seems to work well enough.

by Alex (not verified) :: Fri, 02/22/2008 - 12:51pm

The franchise tag is a mess, does anyone, anywhere actually think that Wlliams deserves to be paid as one of the top five tackles in the league?

Apparently the Green Bay front office does. Which is good, because they're the ones who will be paying him, after all. I think the franchise tag has been extremely successful recently. Remember, every single player who was franchised last year either signed their tender (and got lots of guaranteed money) or got a long term deal from their team (and got even more guaranteed money).