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    Sun:Ravens will franchise AD



    According to Tuesday's paper the Ravens tell Jamison that they will franchise him if necessary. So no more AD threads
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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    I'm kind of surprised, actually.




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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    This may be a negotiation ploy rather than the final outcome




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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    This may be a negotiation ploy rather than the final outcome
    I doubt it. We're a year or two away from cap jail, we can't afford to give a 30yr old a big signing bonus. The plan obviously is to franchise him for a year and then let him go when JO,Ray and Steve retire.
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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    Can the franchise tag be applied for 2 or 3 years? I know the Ravens have been reluctant to use this, especially after the way it went w/ McAllister, but this is a way to keep him for maybe 2 years, then see where he is then. I agree this keeps them from a big signing bonus & that's a good thing w/ the shape our cap will be in the next few years. That said, maybe it is a negotiating ploy, basically telling AD we can hold you out from FA for a couple years by franchising you, then you will be 32 or 33 when this is done. You can take our offer w/ the bonus we are offering or be franchised the next few years.


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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    You can apply the tag multiple years, but there is a pretty rough penalty for doing so. I think something along the lines of salary goes up by 20% from the previous tag? Someone throw me a bone.

    This is the logical business move to make with AD. You tag and get a new contract or you're going to trade him. At the very least you're going to at least get some kind of compensation for him if you can't work out a deal and feel you can't take the cap hit.

    I like the call, but I feel bad for AD, who clearly deserves a shot at big money for once in his until recently underappreciated career.




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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    I hope it is more along the line of what F-Angelos said. Holding the franchise tag over him as a part of negotiations is a dirty move. Either tag him for a year or negotiate in good faith.




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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    If they can't get a completed contract they will have to do this . We can't lose AD.





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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    I think the feeling is we have one more good year (2007) to make a run before a lot of the veterans retire and we'll have to seriously clean house. AD is an important part of Rex's D and we'll need him if we're trying to make a Super Bowl run next year.




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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    It makes sense for the team & for AD. The franchise tag is essentially a rich contract - average salary of the top 5 players at the position - for exactly one year. AD has what he wants, a nice payday, and the team has what it wants, AD for one more year.
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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    Quote Originally Posted by deuce View Post
    I hope it is more along the line of what F-Angelos said. Holding the franchise tag over him as a part of negotiations is a dirty move. Either tag him for a year or negotiate in good faith.
    There's nothing that's bad faith about using all the leverage available to the team in negotiations. Using the tag is a legitimate owners' right - just like it's Thomas' right to sit out the season if he doesn't like the tag.

    Note: I didn't read anything in the Sun article that was as definitive as this thread, i.e. it did not state that "Ravens will franchise AD"; rather it stated:

    Prediction: .... It appears the Ravens will use the tag on Thomas
    Hopefully, where there's smoke, there's fire, and the Ravens will bring the hammer down on Thomas' agent if a reasonable deal cannot be struck. Thomas has become our best player.
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    Re: Sun:Ravens will franchise AD

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus View Post
    It makes sense for the team & for AD. The franchise tag is essentially a rich contract - average salary of the top 5 players at the position - for exactly one year. AD has what he wants, a nice payday, and the team has what it wants, AD for one more year.
    Well, it's not what AD wants. AD, like all other top-shelf FAs, doesn't want big weekly checks. He wants a seven-figure signing bonus. Why do people keep forgetting this?


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