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    Lightbulb 2012 Franchise Tag costs

    Teams can begin placing the franchise tag on players Feb. 20.

    Here are the franchise numbers for 2012:

    Quarterback $16.1 million
    Running Back $7.7 million
    Wide Receiver $9.4 million
    Tight End $5.4 million
    Offensive Line $9.4 million
    Defensive End $10.6 million
    Defensive Tackle $7.9 million
    Linebacker $8.8 million
    Cornerback $10.6 million
    Safety $6.2 million

    As you can see, the cost to franchise Wallace would be $9.4 million, much too much for the salary cap-strapped Steelers to add to their cap.

    But remember, the free agent market at many positions - including wide receiver - is ridiculously deep this year.

    In other words, why give up a first-round draft pick to sign Wallace when you can sign DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker, Stevie Johnson, Dwayne Bowe or Marques Colston instead?


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    What this writer fails to point out is that they can tag Wallace, should they choose to do so, and then remove the tag and that hefty cap hit from it by getting him signed to a longer deal.

    The first round tender off is only about 2.7 million last I checked, and they still have a few weeks yet to get under the cap to offer him that.
    Last edited by BlitzburghRockCity; 02-18-2012 at 01:13 AM.

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