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Old 02-07-2011, 08:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by pzabby View Post
Here is a solid article on it.

The franchise tag exists because back in the day the owners wanted protection from their quarterbacks leaving via free agency. On the onset of free agency, the owners figured their franchise centerpieces, the quarterbacks, would always see out their option of becoming a free agent and move to a place where they could make more money, be in a better market and/or play on a better team. By creating the franchise tag, owners figured that they would be able to keep their quarterbacks. What resulted is quarterbacks, knowing they could never become free agents, signed long term deals with the team they were at so they could get money and long term security up front instead of trying to leave via free agency which basically was not going to be allowed by the owner. The NFL owners were trying to prevent what happened in the NBA, where players like LeBron James and Chris Bosh bolted from their teams to greener pastures. If the NBA were like the NFL, these players would never have been allowed to leave by their owners.

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