MeShawn wrote:Ummm, may I ask why? I'd rather franchise the water boy than Bubba Franks. This doesn't make any sense to me, but I'm not too clear on the whole franchising thing. I understand that they get the average of the top 5 salaries at their position, but what is the purpose of franchising a player. Sorry for sounding stupid, but please elaborate. Thanks
Bubba Franks is one of the premier blocking/receiving tight ends in the league. Not too many players can block as well as Bubba and still provide reliable pass catching hands. Granted Bubba will never put up numbers like Tony Gonzalez or Todd Heap, but he can and will catch the ball when you need him to on critical third down plays and redzone opportunities.
Franchising Bubba makes sense because tight ends don't get paid jack in the NFL. why take a risk at losing a valuable player when you have the franchise tag available? There may be another team out there desperate for a tight end like Bubba Franks and it doesn't break your bank to keep him around for another year.
You can't just franchise other players at more important positions because they are not worth the money. Franchised prices vary widely based on position. My guesstimates for franchise costs:
QB- 9 million
RB- 7 million
OL- 7-9 million
TE- 2 million