Packers | Could Tag Franks
Sun, 20 Feb 2005 08:45:48 -0800
Pete Dougherty, of PackersNews.com, reports the Green Bay Packers could decide to designate TE Bubba Franks as their transition or franchise player to limit his mobility in the free agent market. Franks, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, would cost the team $2.7 million as their franchise player and $2 million as their transition player. The Packers have until Feb. 22 to tag Franks with either designation.
This comes as a bit of a shock to me considering #1- he is a TE, and #2- he is fairly young.
Tight end contracts usually come pretty cheap, and considering Franks is not a top 5 TE right now he should be affordable. Designating him a franchise player instead of giving him a contract only gives the impression that they do not plan on keeping him long term.
Franks is a 5 year veteran and probably has a solid 4-6 years left of good play. He is a solid blocker and a favorite goal line TE... so why not resign him?
Ether way, the tag is going to cost GB 2-3 million.