Tuesday is the deadline for NFL teams to apply the franchise and transition tag to limit the mobility of their own free agents.
With the salary cap for 2016 set at $155.27 million, which represents an increase of nearly $12 million from last year, teams have concrete numbers for the one-year salary tender associated with using the franchise tag or transition tag.
NFL teams can use only one tag, and for several teams it will be factor as the deadline nears.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins with the Washington Redskins and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller with the Denver Broncos are also likely to receive a tag unless long term contracts are completed before the Tuesday deadline.
If either tag is applied, negotiations toward a long-term deal can continue until July 15.
While Washington could choose to use the transition tag, Denver is likely to only use the franchise tag. Unlike the franchise tag, which involves a higher salary because it guarantees compensation if the player leaves for another team, the transition tag works only as a placeholder with refusal rights. For example, if a team approaches Cousins with a five-year, $100 million offer sheet, the Redskins could choose to match that deal and retain him regardless of the tag applied.
Under terms of the transition tag, choosing not to match that deal would result in no draft pick or monetary compensation for Washington. If they used the franchise tag, the Redskins would get two first-round picks in return for losing Cousins.
Below are the numbers used for the one-year salary compensation under the franchise and transition markers by position:
Position Franchise Tag value / Transition Tag value
Cornerback $13,952,000 / $11,913,000
Defensive End $15,701,000 / $12,734,000
Defensive Tackle $13,615,000 / $10,875,000
Linebacker $14,129,000 / $11,925,000
Offensive Line $13,706,000 / $11,902,000
Punter/Kicker $4,572,000 / $4,123,000
Quarterback $19,953,000 / $17,696,000
Running Back $11,789,000 / $9,674,000
Safety $10,806,000 / $9,116,000
Tight End $9,118,000 / $7,714,000
Wide Receiver $14,599,000 / $12,368,000