Mar 7, 2008 Eagles Rumors
Maybe I’m way off the reservation here, but try to humor me.
I’ve long considered the possibility that that NFLPA is working behind the scenes with Eugene Parker to ensure Fitzgerald doesn’t capitulate too much in his renegotiation with the Cardinals. The union is generally less nosy in football than it is in MLB, but I sincerely doubt they’re ignoring the situation. But perhaps there is another story that is being overlooked — the impact on the franchise tag.
One of the things that the players union wants to bring up in new negotiations is the franchise tag. The players don’t like it.
Well, wouldn’t Fitzgerald’s salary figures over the next two seasons raise the cost of “franchising” a wide receiver pretty dramatically? In 2007 the franchise number for wide receivers was $7.63 million. That number is determined by taking the average of the five highest paid players at that position (right?).
If Fitzgerald’s salary is close to $15 million next season, wouldn’t that figure go up quite a bit? Sounds like the kind of thing the owners and the NFLPA would be watching closely.
Update: Interestingly, this scenario links the two guys currently most rumored to be traded to the Eagles — Fitzgerald and Roy Williams. With his contract expiring next season, the Lions are likely to be forced into a position (if they still have him) of “franchising” Williams. Fitzgerald’s contract could make that a damn expensive proposition.
Tags: Larry Fitzgerald