21 Players Around the NFL Get the Franchise Tag


21 players were placed with the dreaded Franchise Tag, meaning that teams will almost for sure keep these players on their roster for the 2012 season.

The number is an all-time high, as the previous high set was 14.  Teams and players have until July 15 to reach agreement on multi-year contract extensions.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (projected cost: $10.595 million)
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (projected cost: $10.431 million)
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (projected cost: $7.778 million)
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (projected cost: $7.778 million)
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (projected cost: $2.665 million)
Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson (projected cost: $3.81 million, 120 percent his 2011 franchise tender amount)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (projected cost: $8.843 million)
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (projected cost: $2.665 million)
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (projected cost: $10.595 million)
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis (projected cost: $10.595 million)
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee (projected cost: $2.665 million)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (projected cost: $9.443 million)
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (projected cost: $9.443 million)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (projected cost: ~$15.76 million*)
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford (projected cost: $2.665 million)
Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (projected cost: $6.22 million)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (projected cost: $9.443 million)
San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson (projected cost: $6.22 million)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth (projected cost: $2.665 million)
Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin (projected cost: $6.22 million)
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (projected cost: $5.416 million)

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