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Tag might not be so attractive to Finley

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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A week ago, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley made the surprising statement that he would be OK if he received the franchise tag in the offseason even he couldn't get a long-term deal. Perhaps Finley was unaware -- as many were -- that the finances of the tag changed under the new collective bargaining agreement. Per Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post, beginning in 2012, the tag is no longer the average of the five highest paid players at that position. Rather, as Brandt, the former Packers' VP of finance, wrote: "The calculation for the Tag is now no longer based on the average of the top five salaries for a player’s position for the preceding year, but the average of the top five salaries at a player’s position for the preceding FIVE years!  Thus, for 2012, Franchise Tag calculations compute from the top five salaries at each position – not from 2011 – but from an average of the top five salaries at each position for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011." As Brandt noted, the tag for tight ends this season is $7.3 million but under the new system is projected to be $5.4 million. Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, said via Twitter that he knew of the change in the way the tag will be calculated, but it's unclear if Finley did.

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