Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

February 19, 2008
Fun with (franchise) numbers

Jared Allen, you’re it. Same goes for your, Stacy Andrews.

Allen, the Chiefs monster of a defensive end would have been a logical target for the Raidrers in free agency. I never mentioned him much, because I figured Kansas City would put the franchise tag on Allen.

Andrews is an offensive lineman and probably not even the best in his family (his brother Shane plays for the Eagles and is one of the league’s best). But the Bengals liked him enough to franchise him and not risk what they believe will be a dominant blocker.

I leave for the NFL Combine on Wednesday. If the Raiders haven’t franchised Nnamdi Asomugha by then, they definitely will by Thursday, 1 p.m PST, the deadline to do so.

Here’s what the designation will mean for Asomugha (courtesy of the NFL):

There are two types of franchise players, "exclusive" and "non-exclusive."
Clubs can designate an exclusive franchise player by offering the average of the top five salaries at the player's position as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period, or a 20 percent increase over his 2007 salary, or the average of the top five salaries at his position as of the end of last season -- whichever of the three is greater. The offering club retains exclusive negotiating rights and other clubs cannot negotiate with exclusive franchise players.

A non-exclusive franchise player is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at his position in the 2007 season, or a 20 percent salary increase, whichever is greater. The offering club does not hold exclusive negotiating rights, and the player can negotiate with other clubs. The original club may match any offer to retain the player, or receive two first-round draft choices as compensation if it elects not to match. The signing period for non-exclusive franchise players is from Feb. 29 through July 15. Clubs have until July 15 to sign franchise players to a multi-year contract or extension; after this date the player may only sign a one-year tender for the next season.

There’s also the “transition player” designation that seems to be rarely used:

Clubs may designate a transition player by offering a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of 2007 at the player's position, or a 20 percent salary increase, whichever is greater. A transition player designation gives the club a first-refusal right to match an offer sheet within seven days given to the player by another club. If the offering club does not match the offer sheet, it receives no compensation. Transition players can be signed from Feb. 29 to July 22.

If you’re wondering where the salary figures come from, here they are:

Quarterbacks
Carson Palmer $13,480,000
Brett Favre $11,800,000
Eli Manning $10,046,666
Matt Hasselbeck $9,200,000
Marc Bulger $9,123,000
Franchise: $10.730 million
Transition: $9.500 million
Comment: No Tom Brady or Petyon Manning? Wow. And I bet you thought Eli was second to Peyton in everything before the Super Bowl.

Defensive ends
Julius Peppers $12,437,500
Jason Taylor $9,519,625
Justin Smith $8,644,000
Jevon Kearse $7,063,890
Michael Strahan $6,728,285
Franchise: $8.879 million
Transition: $7.679 million
Comment: At least Taylor was named to the Pro Bowl. If Peppers regains the form that earned him that salary, watch out in 2008.

Running backs
LaDainian Tomlinson $7,066,666
Edgerrin James $7,000,000
Fred Taylor $6,600,000
Warrick Dunn $6,278,336
Deuce McAllister $5,745,000
Franchise: $6.538 million
Transition: $5.699 million
Comment: One position where the best player his also the highest paid.

Defensive tackles
Dewayne Robertson $7,391,369
Warren Sapp $6,297,000
Cornelius Griffin $6,166,333
Albert Haynesworth $6,041,669
Roderick Coleman $5,917,500
Franchise: $6.363 million
Transition: $5.654 million
Comment: Haynesworth might be the only player that was worthy of his salary last season.

Wide receivers
Terrell Owens $9,666,666
Marvin Harrison $8,400,000
Torry Holt $7,604,714
Chad Johnson $7,165,370
Roy Williams $6,403,334
Franchise: $7.848 million
Transition: $6.872 million
Comment: Randy Moss took a paycut to go to New England, or he would have been at the top of this list.

Linebackers
Ray Lewis $9,428,571
Zach Thomas $7,987,000
Keith Brooking $7,692,226
Keith Bullock $7,608,668
Nick Barnett $7,608,571
Franchise: $8.065 million
Transition: $7.335 million
Comment: The Raiders would be wise to lock up Kirk Morrison soon and put him in this list.

Tight ends
Todd Heap $4,900,000
Alge Crumpler $4,708,333
Tony Gonzalez $4,531,370
Jeremy Shockey $4,371,667
Odai Shiancoe $4,100,000
Franchise: $4.522 million
Transition: $3.733 million
Comment: I'm sure you're also wondering who is Odai Shiancoe? He plays for the Vikings and had career highs of 27 catches for 323 yards in 2007. He had a 79-yard catch against the Raiders, his career long.

Cornerbacks
Nate Clements $12,266,666
Chris McAlister $9,407,082
Patrick Surtain $9,280,000
Quentin Jammer $8,583,330
Asante Samuel $7,790,000
Franchise: $9.465 million
Transition: $7.659 million
Comment: Nnamdi can thank the 49ers for assuring he'll make nearly $10 million next season.

Offensive linemen
Walter Jones $8,600,000
Willie Anderson $7,600,000
Orlando Pace $7,075,000
Flozell Adams $7,000,000
Al Johnson $7,000,000
Franchise: $7.455 million
Transition: $6.895 million
Comment: Adams will be a free agent and there's a certain team in Oakland that might want a new left tackle.

Safeties
Adam Archuleta $5,095,000
Michael Huff $4,800,000
Michael Lewis $4,095,000
Terrence Holt $4,000,000
Adrian Wilson $3,989,499
Franchise: $4.396 million
Transition: $3.893 million
Comment: Huff gets money like he's 50 Cent. The Raiders ought to use him like he's one of the highest paid at his position.

Kickers/punters
Rian Lindell $3,260,000
Jason Elam $3,030,000
Josh Scobee $2,100,000
Nate Kaeding $2,100,000
Jason Hanson $2,080,000
Franchise: $2.514 million
Transition: $2.245 million
Comment: Shane Lechler remain one of the best bargains in the NFL.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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