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Slapstick
02-15-2012, 07:48 PM
Functionally, what would the benefit be of franchising Wallace over offering a 1st Round RFA Tender?

Isn't the signing price a first round pick for either? Don't the Steelers have the right to match in any case?

The Steelers would have to clear a lot more cap room for a franchise tag...

So, what am I missing?

Eddie Spaghetti
02-15-2012, 07:52 PM
if we franchise him, he is ours for 2012 and gives them time for a deal.

if we tender him, another team can pry him away with a mega deal.

or so I think anyways.

Slapstick
02-15-2012, 07:54 PM
if we franchise him, he is ours for 2012 and gives them time for a deal.

if we tender him, another team can pry him away with a mega deal.

or so I think anyways.

Another team can still pry him away with a mega deal and a first round pick with a franchise tag....unless they use an exclusive franchise tag, but that requires even more cap space...

BradshawsHairdresser
02-15-2012, 08:02 PM
If I'm not mistaken, putting the franchise tag on Wally would require us to pay him $9.4 million for a season...which might be enough to discourage another team from trying to pry him away. RFA tender would be much lower...maybe in the $2.5-$3 million range. Much easier for another team to match...or beat.

Oviedo
02-15-2012, 08:16 PM
If I'm not mistaken, putting the franchise tag on Wally would require us to pay him $9.4 million for a season...which might be enough to discourage another team from trying to pry him away. RFA tender would be much lower...maybe in the $2.5-$3 million range. Much easier for another team to match...or beat.

Give him the RFA tag and hope someone takes him for a 1st round pick. The reality is that like Holmes if he is looking for $7-8M per year we won't and shouldn't pay it.

plainnasty
02-15-2012, 10:08 PM
If we franchise Wallace, we would have to pay him $9.4 million next year. Another team could make an offer but it must surrender two first-round picks to the Steelers if they choose not to match the offer.

If the Steelers use the highest RFA tender, they would have to pay him about $2.7 million next year. Another team could make an offer but it must surrender one first-round pick to the Steelers if they choose not to match the offer.

In both situations the Steelers would attempt to work out a long term deal before the start of the season.

Ghost
02-16-2012, 09:55 AM
The new CBA change the salary requirements just a bit for franchising a player:

Nonexclusive Franchise Tender: 2 first round draft choices for another team to sign that player.

The average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position (within the categories set forth in Section 7(a) below) at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years (using the average of the amounts of the 2009 and 2011 Salary Caps as the Salary Cap amount for the 2010 League Year); and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year (e.g., when calculating the Tender for the 2012 League Year, dividing the aggregate sum of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the 2007–2011 League Years by the aggregate sum of the Salary Caps for the 2007–2011 League Years and multiplying the result by the amount of the Salary Cap for the 2012 League Year) (the “Cap Percentage Average”)

or

120% of prior year’s salary, whichever is greater.

Exclusive Franchise Tender: this occurs when you franchise a player for the third time. Not allowed to speak with other teams.

Average of the five largest prior year salaries or 120% of the five largest prior year salaries for that position or 144% of prior year’s salary