Starting today, the Seattle Seahawks and the 31 other NFL teams have a two-week window to designate players headed toward free agency with a franchise tag designation. The deadline for teams to use the tag is March 4.
The last time the Seahawks used the franchise tag was in 2010, when kicker Olindo Mare played under a one-year franchise tag of $2.8 million.
This year, it’s unlikely Seattle will use the franchise tag.
According to salary cap guru Brian McIntyre of Yahoo Sports, the projected franchise tag for defensive tackles is $8.313 million, and for defensive ends it’s $10.993 – so it’s unlikely Seattle would franchise defensive tackle Alan Branch or defensive end Jason Jones at those numbers.
For kickers, the franchise tag is a more palatable $2.928 million, so Seattle franchising kicker Steven Hauschka is possible. However, with Carson Wiggs signed to a futures contract, it appears the Seahawks are protecting themselves for the possibility of losing Hauschka in free agency.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that league commissioner Roger Goodell’s nearly $30 million in total compensation in 2011 is a bit absurd. McGrath: “It would be one thing if Goodell’s $29.49 million salary reflected his sterling work. But move ahead a year, and we see that 2012 was a tough year for him. Let’s see, there was that fiasco with the replacement refs, pushed into service because the NFL locked out the incumbent officials. The cost of reinstating the incumbent officials came to about $60,000 per team — pocket change for a league that rewarded its commissioners with $22.3 million in bonuses the year before.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with former Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski about his continued work to curb concussions in football. Kacyvenski is working with high-tech firm MC10 in the development of skullcap embedded with sensors that players can wear underneath their helmets that measure the impacts of collisions on the field. The product, called Checklight, will be on the market this spring.
Jim Moore, writing for the Kistap Sun, maps out his offseason plan for the Seahawks, which includes trading Matt Flynn, signing recently released veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, re-signing Alan Branch and Jason Jones, signing a defensive end in free agency and drafting an offensive lineman in the first round.
Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star talks with new Cheifs general manager John Dorsey, who raves about Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. Dorsey: “The most impressive interview I’ve ever had in the last 25 years of doing this? Russell Wilson. Wasn’t even close. You could feel that guy as a person, how strong he was, how intellectually deep he was, how mentally tough he was, that he had the charisma to lead other players. I always try to look at kids like I’m in the locker room and I’m a teammate. It was easy to see this guy leading a team.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that soon-to-be free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney has personnel departments around the league buzzing, with one NFL general manager saying that he’ll leap frog New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora on the free agency board.