There was a run on franchise tags given out to players around the league Friday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that as many as 25 tags could be given out by Monday’s deadline, which would be the most ever.
The Lions are continuing to work on a long-term deal to avoid using their tag on defensive end Cliff Avril. Both Avril and the Lions have agreed that the franchise tag is not the best option moving forward for either party, but Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at the combine last week that playing without Avril next season is a worse option.
“It’s not really a good option for us to franchise Cliff,” Martin. “That’s not appealing to me. It’s not appealing to Cliff. But the worst option is to play without Cliff.”
The run on tags in the NFL is due to the new rules under the collective bargaining agreement that makes it a cheaper option for teams from previous years.
Under the old formula, the franchise tag was based on the average of the top five salaries at a given position. The new formula takes the value of the tags over the last five years and weighs them with a percentage of the salary cap.
If the Lions tag Avril, they’ll pay him $10.6 million. That’s down from $13 million for the position in 2011.
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