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The Dwayne Bowe vs. Branden Albert franchise tag decision officially starts

The 2013 NFL franchise tag period starts ... now! Monday, February 18 opens a two-week window in which teams can apply the franchise tag to players. For the Kansas City Chiefs this of course means Dwayne Bowe or Branden Albert or the lesser-discussed option in Dustin Colquitt.


It's officially franchise tag season. Teams can begin applying the franchise tag to players and we expect to see plenty of action after last year's record 21 players were tagged, which broke the previous records of 14 set in 2009 and 2011.

The CBA has a clause in it that the franchise tag period is between 22 and 8 days prior to the start of the new league year (which is March 12). The Chiefs can apply their franchise tag inside that window, presumably to Branden Albert or Dwayne Bowe.

In other words, we WILL have clarity of Branden Albert vs. Dwayne Bowe and the franchise tag by March 4, the end of the franchise tag period. We have discussed and will continue to discuss the various strategies at play here.

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The franchise tag amounts are no longer calculated via the top five average salaries at each position. Instead it's a more complicated formula but it ends up being similar numbers. Below are the projected cost of the franchise tag numbers, subject to change before March 12. That receiver number would not apply to Bowe. Since he was tagged last year. Bowe is eligible for a 120 percent increase of last year's pay if he is tagged again, which would put his number over $11 million.

CB: Franchise: $10.668

DE: Franchise: $10.984

DT: Franchise: $8.306

K/P: Franchise: $2.926

LB: Franchise: $9.455

OL: Franchise: $9.660

QB: Franchise: $14.642

RB: Franchise: $8.079

S: Franchise: $6.798

TE: Franchise: $5.962

WR: Franchise: $10.357

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