Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) warms up prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Franchise Tags Can Now Be Used


Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Today marks the starting date of the ‘Franchise Tagging’ period for NFL teams, which has been an exciting time in years past for the Patriots, but I don’t think they will be using the tag this year. This “tagging” period ends in two weeks, on March third.

Here are the expected costs for each position, if a player were to be tagged, according to FanSided’s own Josh Sanchez:

  • 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

The two Patriots that are set to be the most high profile free agents are wide receiver Julian Edelman, and cornerback Aqib Talib. Both of them would cost the Pats just over $11 million if they were to be tagged, which is just ridiculous. I personally think that is more important to bring back Talib, but even if they do end up re-signing Edelman, it won’t be even close to $11 million a year. New England already has a tight cap, and if they went down the road of tagging one of these players, it would become even more constricted for the 2014 season.

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