“The Franchise Tag”

Posted: August 3, 2011 by arayegee in NFL
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Consider this post the precursor to the blogumentary “Shotguns and Jewelry” …..

I recently spoke to a friend of mine about these “situations” people find themselves in.  You know, those relationships with no titles that have ambiguously defined roles and uncertain longevity for each party. She asked me why men put themselves through these situations. Being one who has been through one myself, and seeing comrades of mine engage in the same, that answer was a little difficult to find. For the sake of argument, lets eliminate the men who are, shall we say, pussy-whipped. That being said, the best answer I could give, as cliche as it may sound….we want to have our cake and eat it too.

Let me explain that phrase in a little more detail. If you’re familiar with NFL contracts, then you’re familiar with the  “franchise tag”.  If you arent, then please read the entire definition below. Ladies, consider yourselves “the player” and the man as “the team/club”

In the National Football League, the franchise tag is a designation a team may apply to a player scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The tag binds the player to the team for one year if certain conditions are met. Each team has access each year to only one franchise tag (of either the exclusive or non-exclusive forms) and one transition tag. As a result, each team may only designate one player each year as that team’s franchise player.

Usually reserved for players of great skill or of high importance to the team, a franchise tag allows a team’s manager the privilege of strategically retaining valuable free-agent players while seeking talent through the NFL draft or other acquisitions without exceeding the League’s salary cap. A team may also franchise tag a player with 2 or more years left on a contract.

The designated franchise player will have his one year salary guaranteed if he elects to play for the team that designated him with the franchise tag and if he does not negotiate a contract with another team.

If a club withdraws their offered contract the player immediately reverts to an unrestricted free agent.

Franchise tags come with a hefty weekly paycheck, which looks very good at face value. The franchise tag, however,does not come with bonuses or incentives. So essentially, what you have now is all you will get. No matter how well you ‘play your position’ ladies, you  will get the same. Meanwhile, as for the guy, he is doling out a whole lot with 100% certainty that he will get a great return on our investment, which is YOU for the time being.  So the Valentine’s day cards, the boo-loving, the pillow talk, the trips to come see you, the ‘deep convos’…..does that really make any sense if he’s not willing to claim you? Whats the point of doing all of this if he doesn’t want to show you off?  Most people I know with brand new cars dont clean them, decorate the interior, and throw some rims on the wheels (shoutout to all my coon readers) just to deny that they own that car when asked about it. So then why does a man put all this work in? If you read the definition, its simple.   Its because the woman is “of great skill or of high importance to the team”. 

“The designated franchise player will have his one year salary guaranteed if he elects to play for the team that designated him with the franchise tag and if he does not negotiate a contract with another team.” …This basically means that as women, you gotta take this aforementioned raw deal AND you cant talk to nobody else or you will be released.  Period.

Dont get this twisted, most men really do care about the woman they give the “franchise tag” to, they just don’t have it in them to make them a franchise PLAYER. And there is a difference. Franchise players are the cornerstone you build your entire organization around. You invest in them, you make sure that before anything else is done with the team, it doesnt ruffle their feathers.  Think Peyton Manning.  Players with the Franchise TAG are there because they’re just really good.  They get most of the perks of a franchise player, except for the biggest one. Commitment. And thats exactly why men put themselves in “situations”. He gets the have the woman, and the woman gets to have the benefits OF a relationship. Yet a midst all of the glitz and glamour (and trust, there are many glamorous situations out there), the commitment isn’t there. Therefore, there are no REAL bonds that could be broken, because that wall has been set up.  If we as men arent ready to take the title of boyfriend, we shouldnt be ready to do boyfriend type stuff. The dating, the convos, the sex, even the emotional connection (some of you Drake-ass niggas),  etc.  BUT…..the franchise tag lets us get away with it. And now men, for the most part, have the upper hand on whether that situation continues or ends.

Situations can have happy endings, but more often than not, it always has messy middles. When going into a situation, be cognizant of that, and find out if those ugly middle chapters are worth it for you.  But those franchise tags in the end, only favor the club and not the player. Trust.

  1. JB says:

    I completly understand the concept of a franchise tag and a franchise player. But as a female, after reading this I don’t want either. We all have teams and would be lying if we said we didn’t. While having either the franchise tag or being the franchise player may have it’s perks it’s limiting. It means I can’t go anywhere while you have your cake and eat it too… “does not negotiate a contract with another team”… The only title I want is MVP. I understand that at first I’m probably a part of a team. But once I’ve shown that I’m best, and you need me I deserve to be MVP. That means treat me like you don’t want me to leave, give me my big contract and know that if you don’t I have the freedom to take my talents elsewhere (preferably South Beach).

    Point I’m trying to make is while franchise player sounds nice, and the concept of a team exists, once I show I’m MVP, the team concept shouldn’t exist. Because it’s no longer a game….

    • Pimp Hand Strong says:

      Anybody can have an exceptional year and put MVP numbers, get the trophy the endorsements yadd yadda. But your Franchise Player puts them same numbers up over YEARS and probably has a couple MVP trophies as well. They earned the right to say “I’mma die a Laker.” They CONSISTENTLY make the team better. Greedy players take their talents to south beach….that doesn’t guarantee them a ring….clearly. But through consistent, diligent, hard work and overall team effort….you can get more than an MVP. Dirk does what he wants in Dallas…Peyton runs Indianapolis. And Kobe….he’s going to die a Laker.

      Until you are married, and hopefully retired from the game, you will always have a team. Some players get more run than others…some get the bench and are needed for a block or two. But just because you got the MVP doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get it next year. Hell Gilbert Arenas was the shit…..but he’s like the Lauren Hill of Basketball right now…it was all good just a week ago.

      Most women, and black women especially, think that they are all good women. Thats not the case. Most dudes at some level admit that they aint shit….nice guys finish last…never trust a big butt and smile and what ever other rhetoric and cliché that fits. Point is…ladies is pimps too. But before you brush your shoulder off, look in the mirror and say…”Am I just an MVP with my nails done hair done, everything did…or am I a Franchise Player”?

      • JB says:

        Valid points but consider this… you said “through consistent, diligent, hard work and over all team effort… you can get more than an MVP”… can you explain “overall team effort?”… I don’t want to do what I want in Dallas, run Indy, or die a laker, because at the end of the day you’re still apart of the team… I understand the idea of how a franchise player is the most important player and gets all the perks. My point was just that once I find my MVP the game should end. No more team, no need for a franchise player… but to each their own…

  2. ScoopBald says:

    This whole debate/argument can be clarified by one comparison; Jordan vs. Pippen. In Michael Jordan you have what some people call a franchise player. Yet what makes Jordan stand out was that he became a franchise himself. he dominated to the point where there was no other option for the Bulls and there was no question as to who was the best in the NBA. In fact he became bigger than the institution itself making himself invaluable. He propelled the NBA and the Bulls to heights unseen before him. And he did it with an unquenchable thirst to be “the” guy.

    Then we have Pippen, an outstanding player in his own right. Most importantly a guy that the Bulls could rely on to cover several positions and to be above average in several facets of the game. However, he never proved that he could carry a franchise on his own. In other words, when the game was on the line and it came down to it, there were other options (case in point Bulls vs. Knicks 1994 playoffs, Phil Jackson goes to Toni Kukoc for game winning basket).

    Let me make this clear, this is not a question of level of talent as the Pippens of the world have plenty of it. Yet with sports and relationships as in all things, you have to be able to captivate an audience. Jordan had the ability to become the focal point of the Chicago Bulls. Pippen on the
    hand, while greatly appreciated by the Bulls, was never really the focus of the franchise.

    Instead Pippen became what many disgruntledwomen find themselves to be, a short term fix with long term implications. In the two years that Jordan retired, the Bulls did not hesitate to ride Pippen to the playoffs. His performance was great, his numbers were far from pedestrian, but you always got the sense that he was just patching things up until they could find the next franchise player. His performance earned him numerous accolades as well as cemented him as an integral part of the Bulls franchise but still he was no Michael. They ushered him along and presented him as the guy, but in crunch time, they failed to committ and instead opted to go with an unproven talent with tremendous “upside”.

    When i say failed to commit, i dont mean that they wouldnt sign him. On the contrary the bulls wouldnt hesitate to offer him a long term deal, but that deal wouldve come with the unwritten clause of “know your role and shut your mouth”. And his role was as a Robin, never the Batman. As long as he doesnt rock the boat he’s fine, but that margin for error is slim and the demand for performance is at an all time high.

    Jordans are different. They get the “thanks for a great career contract”. He is allowed to sport one jersey for his entire career (if he chooses to do so). Through thick and thin,, gambling issues, disgruntled teammates and even a short retirement you get the sense that this team will never part ways with its star.

    Here’s why, if you are looking at the franchise remember this; the franchise will always do whats best for the franchise. When it has an invaluable asset (Jordan) it will do whatever it takes to show him that it is committed. Yet when it has a Pippen, it will gladly keep him on the team because he ADDS value. But it will take every opportunity to let him know that we CAN win without you if we choose to do so. Players who are generally hit with the franchise tag are very talented, but player who are given the franchise possess a quality that doesnt necessarily equate to statistics. Its the ability to make their value unquestionable, yet unmeasurable at the same time. IMO

  3. Very energetic article, I loved that bit. Will there
    be a part 2?

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