NFLPA weighs in on franchise tag

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Although the NFL has informed all 32 teams that they can start using the franchise tag designation for one player per team beginning Feb 10 with a Feb. 24 deadline, the NFL Players Association has taken issue with that recommendation.

Through the NFLPA salary cap and legal departments, they have distributed a memo to all contract advisors.

It says:

"We have received reports that the NFL is advising clubs that they can place a franchise tag on players whose contracts will expire at the end of the 2010 league year. The current CBA provides that "each club shall be permitted to designate one of its players who would otherwise be an Unrestricted Free Agent [or Restricted Free Agent] as a Franchise Player each season during the term of this Agreement."

The 2011 season is not a "season during the term of this Agreement" so the NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011."

Continuing on, the memo advises agents to inform the players union if teams tell them they intend to use the franchise tag.

"If you have had any discussions with clubs about their intent to use the Franchise designation for the 2011 season please contact the NFLPA to discuss this matter," the memo states. "Meanwhile, we will make sure that the rights of any players improperly designated will be protected."

That’s fine, but the franchise tag is still expected to be used by many teams.

The Baltimore Ravens expect to have the option to use the franchise tag to retain Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

 

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2 Raves on “NFLPA weighs in on franchise tag

  1. jwsravens on said:

    This again is a silly disagreement that shows how far apart both sides are at this time. The union is right,there is no CBA so this tag to them means nothing. What can they do to stop it in any way including court? NOTHING! The owners want to pretend things will be the way they were but they are signing period the tag is worthless now. After an agreement is ever reached and before any free agent period starts this tag should have been applied not now. Of course that would allow teams two weeks to assign a player this tag if agreed on in new CBA and further delay free agent signing period. Nobody on either side is ready to agree on any issue for now. Until they in fighting stops in the media and real hard talks begin with agreements there is no hope for a new CBA AND FOOTBALL NEXT!

  2. HARRY OSULLIVAN on said:

    Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties, intended to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in outcome of dialogue, to produce an agreement upon courses of action, to bargain for individual or collective advantage, to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests of two person/ parties involved in negotiation process. Negotiation is a process where each party involved in negotiating try gaining advantage for themselves at the end of the process. Negotiation is intended to aim at compromise.

    The definition of NEGOTIATION above is intended to wind up with the last SENTENCE. >>> Negotiation is intended to aim at Compromise<<<
    These are all grown men; why don’t they check their EGO’s at the door!!!!

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