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The Cleveland Browns May Finally Use the Franchise Tag After the 2009 Season

Article By on 16th July, 2009

... 1999, they have not used the franchise tag on any player that has been on its roster.

The franchise tag was created in 1993 during the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the Players Association.

A franchise tag can be looked at in two different ways: it guarantees a player will stay with his current team for another season or it can be seen as a way a team can retain a player against his will because he wants to test the free agency waters.

Most of the time a franchised player will not really have a big issue with the tag mostly because he will be getting paid an average salary of the top five paid players at the same position, but some players are angered by the tag because they desire a long term contract.
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