Looking Ahead To 2016 Franchise Tags

The NFL’s salary cap for 2016 won’t officially be set until sometime after the Super Bowl, but based on the direction the cap has trended in recent years, we have a general idea of where it may end up. Sources tell Joel Corry of CBSSports.com that the increase for 2016 figures to be impacted by the delay of the CBA’s annual performance based pay to players in 2013 until March 2016. However, Corry expects the cap to continue rising at around the same rate as it has the last couple years.

Predicting an increase of about 7.5% on this year’s $143.28MM cap, Corry projects a 2016 cap of $154MM, and uses that figure to get a sense of what next year’s franchise-tag figures would look like. Although the 2016 cap isn’t yet confirmed, Corry has confirmed the amounts necessary to perform calculations using the franchise-tag formula. So while the official amounts may end up looking a little different, these should be pretty close.

Here are the non-exclusive franchise tag amounts projected by Corry, using a presumed cap of $154MM for 2016:

  • Quarterback: $19.748MM
  • Running back: $11.871MM
  • Wide receiver: $14.527MM
  • Tight end: $9.053MM
  • Offensive line: $13.678MM
  • Defensive end: $15.494MM
  • Defensive tackle: $13.368MM
  • Linebacker: $14.131MM
  • Cornerback: $13.838MM
  • Safety: $10.717MM
  • Punter/kicker: $4.534MM

All of those figures are modest increases on the 2014 amount, which can be found right here. One of the most significant increases comes at wide receiver, where Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas were franchised for $12.823MM earlier this year. Of course, their new deals helped boost that figure for 2016, and Ndamukong Suh‘s new contract helped make the increase at defensive tackle the most significant — it’s up nearly 20%, from $11.193MM.

With those numbers in mind, Corry also examines a few potential candidates to be franchised or to receive the transition tag. Broncos pass rusher Von Miller is perhaps the most obvious candidate to be tagged, but Corry identifies several other potential recipients, including Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, and a few others. For the full list, along with explanations, be sure to check out Corry’s piece, which is an interesting read.

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