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NFL Teams Place Eight Players with Franchise Tags

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NFL Teams Place 8 Players with Franchise Tags

The National Football League announced on Monday that just eight players received the franchise tag from their respective clubs in 2013. Monday was the deadline for clubs to use either their franchise or transitional tags on players whose contracts expired. It was down from recent years that included an NFL-record 21 players receiving the franchise tag in 2012. This followed the 2011 offseason when 13 players received the franchise tag.

Photo – OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

The Eight Franchise Players (Value of one-year tender):
Buffalo Bills - Safety Jairus Byrd - $6.916 million
Chicago Bears - Defensive tackle Henry Melton - $8.45 million
Cincinnati Bengals - Defensive end Michael Johnson - $11.175 million
Dallas Cowboys - Linebacker/DE Anthony Spencer - $10.627 million (120% his 2012 tender)
Denver Broncos - Offensive tackle Ryan Clady - $9.828 million
Indianapolis Colts - Punter Pat McAfee - $2.977 million
Kansas City Chiefs - Offensive tackle Branden Albert - $9.828 million
Miami Dolphins - Defensive tackle Randy Starks - $8.45 million

The salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive tag. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

NFL teams had until Monday March 4th to designate either franchise or transitional tags. The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position. Seven of the nine players who played out the 2012 season under the franchise tag now have a clear path towards the free agent market.

The New England Patriots did not use a franchise tag on any of their potential free agents, which means wide receiver Wes Welker could test the market on March 12. The Patriots also elected to not use the tag on offensive tackle Sebastien Vollmer or cornerback Aqib Talib.

The Detroit Lions opted to not use a second tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, which would have cost the Lions $12.726 million in 2013, and the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did not use a second tag on Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson.

Other players franchised in 2012 who were not tagged this year were Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent and Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson. Davis, Grimes and Nugent finished the 2012 season on injured reserve.

The Baltimore Ravens avoided the use of the franchise tag by re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco, the top unrestricted free agent this offseason to a six year $120.8 million contract that included over $50 million in guaranteed money. The Chiefs avoided a second franchise tag for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe by re-signing the 2007 first-round pick to a five year extension.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

Calendar for the 2013 NFL Postseason

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Calendar for the 2013 NFL Postseason

NFL 2013 Postseason Dates
March, 2013

March 2-3 - Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey
March 9 - Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 10 - Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois

March 9-11 - Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
March 12 - Clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March 12 - Clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.
March 12 - All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 12 - All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 12 - 2013 NFL League Year and Free Agency and Trading period begins after expiration of all 2012 contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 16-17 - Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia

March 17-20 - Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.

March 23-24 - Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington
March 23-24 - Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland

APRIL
April 7-8 - Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas

April 25-27 - NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

MAY
May 20-22 - NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

SEPTEMBER
September 5, 8-9 - NFL Kickoff 2013

NFL 2013 Salary Cap - Franchise/ Transitional Tags

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NFL 2013 Salary Cap - Franchise/ Transitional Tags

NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –
Free Agency - March 12th thru July
Trading Period - March 12th thru mid October

The salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive and transition tags. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

Photo – WR Percy Harvin - Vikings

NFL teams have until Monday March 4th to designate either franchise or transitional tags.
The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position.

Draft Insiders.com March Free Agency 2013 Newsletter will have extensive NFL Free Agency scouting information – Available next Week

Franchise Tag by Position
QB: $14.896.M
RB: $8.219M
WR: $10.537M
TE: $6.066M
OL: $9.828M
DT: $8.45M
DE: $11.175M
LB: $9.619M
CB: $10.854M
S: $6.916M
K/P: $2.977M

Transition Tag by Position
QB: $13.068M
RB $6.97M
WR: $8.867M
TE: $5.194M
OL: $8.709M
DT: $ 7.039
DE: $9.151M
LB: $8.358M
CB: $9.095M
S: $6.002M
K/P: $2.7M

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

NFL Draft Prospects 2013 - Pro Day Schedule

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NFL Draft Prospects - Pro Day 2013 Schedule

The NFL postseason provides the final on-field opportunity for draft prospects to work out for scouts. Draft Insiders’ Digest scouts will attend a number of Pro Days through March and April. Results will be included in our NFL Draft Yearbook and Update Report this spring.
Keep track of schedules and results here.

Photo - DE Damontre Moore - Texas A&M

Date, School
March 1

Purdue
Texas-El Paso

3/4
Alcorn State
Minnesota
North Dakota State
Troy
UAB

3/5
Auburn
Buffalo
Tenn- Chattanooga
Jackson State
Northwestern
Southern Miss
Tulsa
Tuskegee
Youngstown State

3/6
Alabama AM
Duquesne
Eastern Washington
Kent State
Mississippi State
North Alabama
Northern Arizona
Pittsburgh
South Florida
Texas Tech
Wisconsin

3/7
Alabama State
Arizona
Arkansas-Monticello
Clemson
Furman
Idaho
Illinois
Miami
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Mexico
Syracuse
Utah State
Washington State

3/8
Arizona State
Cornell
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Kent State
Missouri State
Montana
Ohio State
TCU
Texas A&M
Wofford

3/11
California (PA)
Central Michigan
Penn State

3/12
Florida
Jacksonville State
Lehigh
Portland State
Toledo
Towson
UCLA

3/13
Alabama
Central Oklahoma
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Louisiana-Monroe
Marshall
Maryland
Michigan State
Nevada
Oklahoma
Rutgers
Washington

3/14
Arkansas State
Fort Valley State
Georgia Tech
Kansas State
Michigan
Tulsa
UNLV
West Alabama
West Virginia

3/15
California
Florida A&M
Georgia State
Kansas

3/18
Air Force
Albany State (Ga)
Delaware State
Houston
Howard
Idaho State
Memphis
Montana State
Valdosta State
Wake Forest

3/19
Florida State
Louisville
Richmond
Sam Houston State
San Diego State
Virginia

3/20
Ball State
Baylor
Central Florida
Fresno State
Incarnate Word
Ohio
Sacramento State
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia Tech

3/21
Boise State
Eastern Kentucky
Georgia
Kentucky
Princeton
Stanford
Texas-San Antonio
William & Mary

3/22
Missouri Western
Tennessee State
Vanderbilt

3/25
Iowa
Middle Tennessee St
Stephen F Austin

3/26
Louisiana Tech
McNeese State
North Carolina
North Carolina Central
Southeast Louisiana
Texas

3/27
UConn
LSU
North Carolina State
Southern Cal
Southern Methodist

3/28
BYU
Central Arkansas
Coastal Carolina
East Carolina
Louisiana-Lafayette
Yale

3/29
Southeast Missouri St

April 2
Columbia

NFL Combine 2013 - ‘Workout Warriors’ Results

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NFL Combine 2013 - ‘Workout Warriors’

Photo – RB Knile Davis - Arkansas

NFL Combine – Workout Drills

40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

NFL Combine – Workout Positional Drill Results
Offensive Players

Speed / Vertical Leap / Broad Jump / Bench Press Reps
Quarterbacks
EJ Manual, Florida St - 4.65 - 34” - 118 / DNP
Geno Smith, West Virginia - 4.59 - 33.5” - 124 / DNP

Running Backs
Knile Davis, Arkansas - 4.37 - 33.5” - 121 / 31
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA - 4.49 - 31.5” - 115 / 18

Fullbacks
Zach Line, Southern Methodist - 4.77 - 30.5” - 111 / 26
Lonnie Pryor, Florida St - 4.70 - 30” - 114 / 17

Wideouts
Tavon Austin, West Virginia - 4.34 - 32” - 120 / 14
*Josh Boyce, Texas Christian - 4.38 - 34” - 131 / 22
Marquise Goodwin, Texas - 4.27 - DNP - 132 / 13

Tight Ends
*Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame - 4.68 - 35.5” - 119 / 22
Chris Gragg, Arkansas - 4.50 - 37.5” - 125 / 18

Linemen
Terron Armstead, Arkansas-PB - 4.71 - 34.5” - 112 / 31
Eric Fisher, Central Michigan - 5.05 - 28.5” - 116 / 27
Lane Johnson, Oklahoma - 4.72 - 34” - 118 / 28

Defensive Players
Ends:

Ziggy Ansah, BYU - 4.63 - 34.5” - 118 /21
Margus Hunt, SMU - 4.60 - 34.5” - 121 /38

Tackles
Sharrif Floyd, Florida - 4.92 - 30” - 106 /DNP
*Sheldon Richardson, Missouri - 5.02 - 32” - 116 /30

Linebackers
Outside

Xaviar Gooden, Missouri - 4.47 - 34” - 131 /27
Cornelius Washington, Georgia - 4.55 - 39” - 128 / 36

Inside
Jon Bostic, Florida - 4.61 - 32.5” - 118 /22
Jamie Collins, Southern Miss - 4.64 - 41.5” - 139 /19

Cornerbacks
Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana - 4.39 - 40” - 132 / 17
Darius Slay, Mississippi State - 4.36 - 35.5” - 124 / 14

Safeties
Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse - 4.42 - 40.5” - 133 /28
Shawn Williams, Georgia - 4.46 - 36” - 120 /25

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

Tight Ends Tyler Eifert, Chris Gragg & Vance McDonald Impress in NFL Combine Workout

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Tight End Class Shines at NFL Combine

Photo - TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame

40-Yard Dash Results - Tight Ends
Chris Gragg, Arkansas, 4.50
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, 4.62
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St., 4.65
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 4.68
Vance McDonald, Rice, 4.69
Nick Kasa, Colorado, 4.71
Jordan Reed, Florida, 4.72
Dion Sims, Michigan St., 4.75
Zach Ertz, Stanford, 4.76
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 4.81
Gavin Escobar, San Diego St., 4.84
Levine Toilolo, Stanford, 4.86
Justice Cunningham, South Carolina, 4.94
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 4.94
Chris Pantale, Boston College, 4.99

Vertical Jump Results - Tight Ends
Chris Gragg, Arkansas, 37.5
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 35.5
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, 35.5
Dion Sims, Michigan State, 35.0
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St., 34.5
Chris Pantale, Boston College, 33.5
Vance McDonald, Rice, 33.5
Gavin Escobar, San Diego St., 32.0
Justice Cunningham, South Carolina, 31.5
Nick Kasa, Colorado, 31.5
Levine Toilolo, Stanford, 31.0
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 31.0
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 30.5
Zach Ertz, Stanford, 30.5

Broad Jump Results - Tight Ends
Chris Gragg, Arkansas, 125.0
Vance McDonald, Rice, 119.0
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 119.0
Justice Cunningham, South Carolina, 116.0
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St., 116.0
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, 115.0
Gavin Escobar, San Diego St., 114.0
Levine Toilolo, Stanford, 113.0
Nick Kasa, Colorado, 113.0
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 112.0
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 112.0
Dion Sims, Michigan State, 112.0
Zach Ertz, Stanford, 111.0
Chris Pantale, Boston College, 110.0

3-Cone Drill Results - Tight Ends
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 6.92
Gavin Escobar, San Diego St., 7.07
Zach Ertz, Stanford, 7.08
Chris Gragg, Arkansas, 7.08
Vance McDonald, Rice, 7.08
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, 7.09
Levine Toilolo, Stanford, 7.09
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, 7.09
Justice Cunningham, South Carolina, 7.12
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St., 71.2
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 71.5
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 7.17
Dion Sims, Michigan State, 7.36
Chris Pantale, Boston College, 7.48

Bench Press Results - Tight Ends
Vance McDonald, Rice, 31
Zach Ertz, Stanford, 24
Nick Kasa, Colorado, 22
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 22
Dion Sims, Michigan State, 22
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, 21
Matt Furstenburg, Maryland, 18
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St., 18
Chris Gragg, Arkansas, 18
Joseph Fauria, UCLA, 17
Chris Pantale, Boston College, 17
Levine Toilolo, Stanford, 17
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, 17
Jordan Reed, Florida, 16
D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers 3

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

Luke Joeckel Heads 1st Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2013

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First Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2013
Prior to the NFL Combine / * Underclassmen

Photo - OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M

Team Player / Pos / School
1st Round

1. Kansas City - 2-14 - *Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M
2. Jacksonville - 2-14 - Star Lotulelei - DT - Utah
3. Oakland - 4-12 - *Damontre Moore - DE - Texas A&M
4. Philadelphia - 4-12 - *Bjoern Werner - DE - Florida St
5. Detroit - 4-12 - *Dee Milliner - CB - Alabama
6. Cleveland - 5-11 - *Sam Montgomery - DE - LSU
7. Arizona - 5-11 - Matt Barkley - QB - Southern Cal
8. Buffalo - 6-10 - Geno Smith - QB - West Virginia
9. NY Jets - 6-10 - *Jarvis Jones - LB - Georgia
10. Tennessee - 6-10 - Chance Warmack - OG - Alabama
11. San Diego - 7-9 - Eric Fisher - OT - Central Michigan
12. Miami - 7-9 - Lane Johnson - OT - Oklahoma
13. Tampa Bay - 7-9 - Manti Te'o - LB - Notre Dame
14. Carolina - 7-9 - * Sheldon Richardson - DT - Missouri
15. New Orleans - 7-9 - * Barkevious Mingo - DE - LSU
16. St. Louis - 6-7-1 - *Keenan Allen - WR - California
17. Pittsburgh - 7-7- * Alec Ogletree - LB - Georgia
18. Dallas - 8-6 - Dion Jordan - DE - Oregon
19. NY Giants - 9-7 - * Sharrif Floyd - DT - Florida
20. Chicago - 10-6 - *Tyler Eifert - TE - Notre Dame
21. Cincinnati - 10-6 - *Johnathan Hankins - DT - Ohio St
22. St. Louis (Wash) - 8-6 - *DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Clemson
23. Minnesota - 10-6 - *Xavier Rhodes - CB - Florida St
24. Indianapolis - 11-5 - Desmond Trufant - CB - Washington
25. Seattle - 9-5 - Alex Okafor - DE - Texas
26. Green Bay -11-5 - * Zach Ertz - TE - Stanford
27. Houston - 12-4 - * Cordarelle Patterson - WR - Tennessee
28. Denver - 13-3 - Ezekial Ansah - DE - BYU
29. New England - 12-4 - * Eric Reid - S - LSU
30. Atlanta - 13-3 - Johnthan Banks - CB - Mississippi St
31. San Francisco - 11-4-1 - John Jenkins - DT - Georgia
32. Baltimore - 10-6 - Kenny Vaccaro - S - Texas

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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