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Fielkow's Law: Saints Elect to Use Franchise Tag On Graham

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

A player's position is the key to determining his salary due under the Franchise Tag. In the ever-evolving NFL, however, what appeared to be a fairly simple determination has become a hotbed of controversy. Article 10 of the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Players' Association governs the Franchise Tag. Accordingly, a player's position is defined as the position "at which he participated in the most plays during the prior League Year." Thus, a player's positional distinction is critical. For a tight end, the projected Franchise Tag salary will be $7.04 million for the coming season. Meanwhile, a player tagged as a wide receiver is projected to earn a whopping $12.3 million.

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