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2003 Free Agency - Franchise and Transition Tag Information

2003 NFL Free Agent Watch

Franchise Player Designations

Transition Player Designations

CB - Chris McAlister - Ravens LB - Takeo Spikes - Bengals
TE - Jim Kleinsasser - Vikings DE - Cletidus Hunt - Packers
WR - Peerless Price - Bills P - Craig Heintrich - Titans
OT - Orlando Pace - Rams     
OT - Walter Jones - Seahawks     
S - Tebucky Jones - Patriots     
FS - Donovin Darius - Jaguars     
K - Todd Sauerbrun - Panthers     


Franchise and Transition Tag Amounts


The NFL uses the previous season's top 10 salary earners to calculate the value of the contract offers that are to be tendered to franchise players and to transition players. Here are the 2003 figures:

Position   Franchise $    Transition $  
Quarterback$8,305,000$7,102,000
Running Back$6,667,000$4,989,000
Wide Receiver$5,010,000$4,538,000
Tight End$3,050,000$2,360,000
Offensive Lineman   $5,734,000$5,141,000
Defensive Tackle$5,942,000$4,689,000
Defensive End$7,169,000$5,870,000
Linebacker$5,614,000$4,846,000
Cornerback$5,962,000$4,838,000
Safety$3,043,000$2,769,000
Kicker/Punter$1,471,000$1,342,000

Cornerbacks

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Aaron GlennHou.$9,079,843
Sam MadisonMia.$6,037,931
Marcus ColemanHou.$5,380,750
Ty LawN.E.$4,710,188
Duane StarksAriz.$4,600,000
Ashley AmbroseAtl.$3,950,000
Tyrone WilliamsG.B.$3,800,000
Bobby TaylorPhila.$3,750,000
Charles WoodsonOak.$3,708,333
Ray BuchananAtl.$3,359,803
Franchise tender: $5,962,000
Transition tender: $4,838,000

Defensive ends

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Michael StrahanNYG$11,478,285
Chad BratzkeInd.$6,984,500
Willie McGinestN.E.$6,182,167
Simeon RiceT.B.$6,000,000
Gary WalkerHou.$5,200,000
Phillip DanielsChi.$5,100,000
Robert PorcherDet.$4,582,745
Michael McCraryBalt.$4,581,547
Hugh DouglasPhila.$4,300,000
Jason TaylorMia.$4,287,700
Franchise tender: $7,169,000
Transition tender: $5,870,000

Defensive tackles

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Warren SappT.B.$6,980,000
Sean GilbertCar.$6,950,000
Bryant YoungS.F.$6,151,382
Luther EllissDet.$5,128,010
John RandleSea.$4,500,000
Norman HandN.O.$4,375,000
Dan WilkinsonWash.$3,737,499
Keith HamiltonNYG$3,084,785
Jamal WilliamsS.D.$2,997,400
Pat WilliamsBuf.$2,984,000
Franchise tender: $5,942,000
Transition tender: $4,689,000

Linebackers

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Junior SeauS.D.$6,258,333
Zach ThomasMia.$6,164,250
Ray LewisBalt.$5,670,237
Chad BrownSea.$5,137,499
Jamir MillerCle.$4,837,833
LaVar ArringtonWash.$4,331,607
Dwayne RuddCle.$4,155,000
Ted JohnsonN.E.$4,021,250
Mo LewisNYJ$3,950,000
Derrick BrooksT.B.$3,933,333
Franchise tender: $5,614,000
Transition tender: $4,846,000

Safeties

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Harold BlackmonSea.$3,300,000
Rodney HarrisonS.D.$3,135,568
Lee FlowersPitt.$3,058,333
Sam ShadeWash.$2,869,333
Sammy KnightN.O.$2,850,000
Reggie TongueSea.$2,700,000
John LynchT.B.$2,683,333
Darren WoodsonDal.$2,550,000
Brian DawkinsPhila.$2,376,666
Jerome WoodsK.C.$2,166,666
Franchise tender: $3,043,000
Transition tender: $2,769,000

Punters/kickers

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Olindo MareMia.$1,916,666
Craig HentrichTenn.$1,536,500
Chris GardockiCle.$1,415,000
Ryan LongwellG.B.$1,250,000
John KasayCar.$1,238,833
S. JanikowskiOak.$1,232,833
Shane LechlerOak.$1,217,857
Adam VinatieriN.E.$1,217,646
John HallNYJ$1,215,000
Jeff WilkinsSt.L.$1,175,000
Franchise tender: $1,471,000
Transition tender: $1,342,000

Running backs

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Emmitt SmithDal.$10,306,600
Curtis MartinNYJ$8,018,896
Stephen DavisWash.$5,428,571
Eddie GeorgeTenn.$4,833,334
Corey DillonCin.$4,750,000
Marshall FaulkSt.L.$4,340,559
Edgerrin JamesInd.$3,832,321
Jerome BettisPitt.$3,250,000
James StewartDet.$2,566,666
Duce StaleyPhila.$2,566,666
Franchise tender: $6,667,000
Transition tender: $4,989,000

Quarterbacks

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Peyton ManningInd.$10,331,333
Jake PlummerAriz.$8,642,399
Mark BrunellJax$8,250,000
Kerry CollinsNYG$7,380,000
Kordell StewartPitt.$6,920,000
Brad JohnsonT.B.$6,800,000
Tim CouchCle.$6,063,800
Brett FavreG.B.$5,956,986
Donovan McNabbPhila.$5,753,948
Vinny TestaverdeNYJ$4,918,647
Franchise tender: $8,305,000
Transition tender: $7,102,000

Offensive linemen

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Tony BoselliHou.$7,549,998
Larry AllenDal.$5,940,999
Kevin MawaeNYJ$5,461,666
Jonathan OgdenBalt.$4,941,285
Adam TimmermanSt.L.$4,774,750
Ruben BrownBuf.$4,736,000
Brad HopkinsTenn.$4,639,666
Jon RunyanPhila.$4,500,000
Orlando PaceSt.L.$4,451,666
Wayne GandyPitt.$4,412,500
Franchise tender: $5,734,000
Transition tender: $5,141,000

Tight End

PlayerTeam2002 salary
Jay RiemersmaBuf.$3,897,000
Mark BruenerPitt.$3,569,833
Kyle BradyJax$2,826,000
Wesley WallsCar.$2,595,750
Frank WycheckTenn.$2,361,002
Marcus PollardInd.$2,185,000
Freddie JonesAriz.$1,706,666
Tony GonzalezK.C.$1,561,762
Ernie ConwellSt.L.$1,466,666
Bubba FranksG.B.$1,425,750
Franchise tender: $3,050,000
Transition tender: $2,360,000

Wide Receivers

Playerteam2002 salary
Terrell OwensS.F.$6,061,235
Muhsin MuhammadCar.$5,178,117
Jimmy SmithJax$4,803,333
Tim BrownOak.$4,530,000
Curtis ConwayS.D.$4,475,000
Raghib IsmailDal.$4,438,885
Frank SandersAriz.$4,300,000
Jermaine LewisHou.$4,064,333
Marvin HarrisonInd.$3,734,590
Franchise tender: $5,010,000
Transition tender: $4,538,000
 
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2003 Free Agency News - May
2003 Free Agency News - April
2003 Free Agency News - March
Franchise and Transition Players
Top 5 Free Agents By Position
Redskins Free Agent News
Free Agency Terms

2003 NFC Free Agents
2003 AFC Free Agents

Top 10 Unrestricted Free Agents
1. Daryl Gardener, DT, Redskins

2. David Boston, WR, Cardinals

3. Takeo Spikes, LB, Bengals

4. Olandis Gary, RB, Broncos

5. Vonnie Holliday, DE, Packers

6. Chris McAlister, CB, Ravens

7. Peerless Price, WR, Bills

8. Lee Flowers, S, Steelers

9. Hugh Douglas, DE, Eagles

10. Tebucky Jones, S, Patriots

Top 10 Restricted Free Agents
1. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE, Packers

2. Darwin Walker, DT, Eagles

3. Kendrick Clancy, DT, Steelers

4. Brandon Short, LB, Giants

5. Leonardon Carson, DT, Chargers

6. Chad Morton, KR, Jets

7. Na'il Diggs, LB, Packers

8. Mike Brown, S, Bears

9. Chris Bober, C, Giants

10. Rian Lindell, K, Seahawks