NFL Free Agency is right around the corner, begins 4:00 pm ET on March 10th and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 17). Several players received Franchise and Transition designations Monday morning which were announced and are listed below.

What is a Franchise  & Transition Tag: A club can designate only one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among their free agents.  A salary offer by the player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.

Data provided by NFL Communication/NFL Media  – An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period on April 24; or (ii) the amount of the Required Tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the Required Tender for such a player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

If a club extends a Required Tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

This year, no player was designated as an exclusive franchise player.  The following players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players.




Club Player Position
Dallas Dez Bryant WR
Denver Demaryius Thomas WR
Kansas City Justin Houston LB
New England Stephen Gostkowski K
New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul DE


A transition player is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top 10 prior year salaries at the player’s position, which average is calculated using the same methodology used for non-exclusive franchise players (the Cap Percentage Average); or (ii) 120% of his prior year salary.

If a club extends a Required Tender to a transition player, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a contract with any club subject to his prior club’s right of first refusal, except that no draft choice compensation shall be made with respect to such player if his prior club declines to exercise its right of first refusal.

The signing period for transition players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 10 and ends on July 22.  After July 22 and until 4:00p.m. (ET) on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 17), the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

This year, the following player was designated as a transition player.




Club Player Position
Miami Charles Clay TE


The 2015 “Cap Percentage Average” tender amounts for non-exclusive franchise players and transition players are set forth below.                 


                            NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS                  TRANSITION PLAYERS


Position Tender Amount       Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $18,544,000 Quarterback $16,155,000
Running Back $10,951,000 Running Back $9,037,000
Wide Receiver $12,823,000 Wide Receiver $10,971,000
Tight End $8,347,000 Tight End $7,071,000
Offensive Linemen $12,943,000 Offensive Linemen $11,096,000
Defensive End $14,813,000 Defensive End $11,958,000
Defensive Tackle $11,193,000 Defensive Tackle $9,314,000
Linebacker $13,195,000 Linebacker $11,058,000
Cornerback $13,075,000 Cornerback $11,082,000
Safety $9,618,000 Safety $8,263,000
Kicker/Punter $4,126,000 Kicker/Punter $3,716,000