What is a Franchise Tag? What this means for Chiefs, Orlando Brown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs placed a non-exclusive franchise label left is tackle Orlando Brown Jr. hoping to sign him to a long-term contract.

Each of the league’s 32 teams has the opportunity to “tag” a player who would otherwise head to the free agency market.

There are two types of franchise labels: exclusive and non-exclusive.

The main difference is in their respective names. An exclusive tag means that if a player doesn’t sign the one-year deal, they can’t sign with another team that season and won’t play. A non-exclusive tag allows the player to negotiate terms with any other club, but gives the club that tagged him the right of first refusal.

The non-exclusive player would present the offer received from another team to his current club, who would then decide whether to match him or let him go.

If the player leaves, the team that loses the tagged player is entitled to two compensatory draft picks in the first round.

The franchise offer refers to the value of the one-year agreement. It is decided using the greater value of the following:

  • The top 5 cap hits at the player’s position in the league, or
  • 120% of the player’s salary the previous season.

In Brown’s case, the franchise offer will be around $16.6 million, according to Spotrac.

The terms of the franchise designation are agreed to by the league and the players’ association in the collective agreement.

Brown joined Kansas City in the 2021 offseason in a trade from the Baltimore Ravens with one year remaining on his rookie contract.

The tag will give the Chiefs time to iron out the details of a long-term contract to keep Brown in Kansas City for the future and hopefully help them free up some breathing room as they continue. to build the list before the 2022 season. .

The Chiefs will look to restructure and expand other players and move money around to create more cap.

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