Yesterday, Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe reported that the NFL team has informed all 32 NFL teams that they can apply franchise and transition tags in a 14-day window that begins on February 10.
“The CBA hasn’t expired and the CBA has the right to franchise players so we are telling clubs that you have the right to franchise players and then depending on what the new agreement says, that will take into account,” NFL Senior Vice-President Peter Rucco said on Wednesday.
Projections for what those franchise/transition tenders might look like can be seen right here.
Today, the NFLPA is disputing the availability of the franchise tag, sending a letter to all certified player agents. ProFootballTalk.com received a copy of that letter, which reads:
“We have received reports that the NFL is advising clubs that they can place a franchise tag on players whose contracts will expire at the end of the 2010 league year.
“The current CBA provides that ‘each club shall be permitted to designate one of its players who would otherwise be an Unrestricted Free Agent [or Restricted Free Agent] as a Franchise Player each season during the term of this Agreement’’ The 2011 season is not a ‘season during the term of this Agreement’ so the NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011.”