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    Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    POSTED 11:47 p.m. EDT, July 13, 2006

    LIONS LOSE FRANCHISE TAG FOR 2007
    Mike Florio

    Lost in the reports regarding the decision of the Detroit Lions to sign offensive lineman Jeff Backus to a six-year contract is the reality that, in doing so, the team has forfeited the franchise tag for the 2007 season.

    Per the "Term Sheet" negotiated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association more than four months ago, if a team signs its franchise player to a multi-year deal before July 15, the team loses the franchise tag for one year. (Originally, the Collective Bargaining Agreement called for the forfeiture of the franchise tag for the full term of the contract if a long-term deal was reached prior to July 15.) The Lions previously applied the franchise tag to Backus, and then signed him to a one-year deal with a promise that he would not be tagged again in 2007.

    As a result, the Lions now will apply the tag in 2007 to no one.

    The deal was done before July 15 despite the loss of the tag because the Term Sheet also provides that "any contract signed after [July 15] through the end of the regular season can be for only one year."

    So what does that mean? ESPN.com says that the Management Council advised the Lions that a multi-year contract signed after July 15 would have triggered the loss of the franchise tag for the life of the deal. We disagree; we think the proper outcome would have been invalidation of the contract. If the Term Sheet says that any post-July 15 contract "can be for only one year," then it can be for only one year. Period.

    The overriding problem, in our view, is that the Term Sheet still has not been incorporated into the formal CBA. As a result, the sketchy, sometimes vague language that was hammered out at the bargaining table isn't as clear or precise as it will be once it is fully articulated with wherefores and heretofores in the official contractual document. (Okay, maybe it won't be clear -- but it definitely will be precise.)

    So please, NFL and NFLPA, we beg you, on behalf of the 32 teams and the agents and the players. Finalize the CBA so folks will know exactly what the HEL is going on.

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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

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    POSTED 11:47 p.m. EDT, July 13, 2006

    LIONS LOSE FRANCHISE TAG FOR 2007
    Mike Florio

    Lost in the reports regarding the decision of the Detroit Lions to sign offensive lineman Jeff Backus to a six-year contract is the reality that, in doing so, the team has forfeited the franchise tag for the 2007 season.

    Per the "Term Sheet" negotiated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association more than four months ago, if a team signs its franchise player to a multi-year deal before July 15, the team loses the franchise tag for one year. (Originally, the Collective Bargaining Agreement called for the forfeiture of the franchise tag for the full term of the contract if a long-term deal was reached prior to July 15.) The Lions previously applied the franchise tag to Backus, and then signed him to a one-year deal with a promise that he would not be tagged again in 2007.

    As a result, the Lions now will apply the tag in 2007 to no one.

    The deal was done before July 15 despite the loss of the tag because the Term Sheet also provides that "any contract signed after [July 15] through the end of the regular season can be for only one year."

    So what does that mean? ESPN.com says that the Management Council advised the Lions that a multi-year contract signed after July 15 would have triggered the loss of the franchise tag for the life of the deal. We disagree; we think the proper outcome would have been invalidation of the contract. If the Term Sheet says that any post-July 15 contract "can be for only one year," then it can be for only one year. Period.

    The overriding problem, in our view, is that the Term Sheet still has not been incorporated into the formal CBA. As a result, the sketchy, sometimes vague language that was hammered out at the bargaining table isn't as clear or precise as it will be once it is fully articulated with wherefores and heretofores in the official contractual document. (Okay, maybe it won't be clear -- but it definitely will be precise.)

    So please, NFL and NFLPA, we beg you, on behalf of the 32 teams and the agents and the players. Finalize the CBA so folks will know exactly what the HEL is going on.
    Yet more quality personnel management by the Matt Millen regime.

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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    Can anybody find if the Lions are going to have any decent restricted free-agents next year?
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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    "Bdubya" wrote:
    Can anybody find if the Lions are going to have any decent restricted free-agents next year?
    Here is a list from KFFL for the 2007 free agents (2006 contract year)

    Detroit Lions

    Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
    RB Arlen Harris UFA Detroit Lions
    RB Artose Pinner RFA Detroit Lions
    FB Will Matthews RFA Detroit Lions
    FB Cory Schlesinger UFA Detroit Lions
    WR Brett Fischer ERFA Detroit Lions
    WR Mike Furrey UFA Detroit Lions
    WR Paris Hamilton RFA Detroit Lions
    WR Glenn Martinez RFA Detroit Lions
    WR Scottie Vines RFA Detroit Lions
    TE Kori Dickerson RFA Detroit Lions
    TE Casey FitzSimmons UFA Detroit Lions
    TE Darius Williams ERFA Detroit Lions
    OG Tyrone Hopson UFA Detroit Lions
    OG Levi Newton RFA Detroit Lions
    C Brock Gutierrez UFA Detroit Lions
    C Dave Pearson RFA Detroit Lions
    DL Damian Gregory UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Claude Harriott UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Cleveland Pinkney UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Cory Redding UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Bryant Shaw ERFA Detroit Lions
    LB James Davis UFA Detroit Lions
    CB Jamar Fletcher UFA Detroit Lions
    CB Keith Smith RFA Detroit Lions
    SS Vernon Fox UFA Detroit Lions
    FS Terrence Holt UFA Detroit Lions

    Here is a list from KFFL for the 2008 free agents (2007 contract year)

    Detroit Lions

    Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
    QB Dan Orlovsky RFA Detroit Lions
    TE Sean McHugh UFA Detroit Lions
    TE Marcus Pollard UFA Detroit Lions
    P Nick Harris UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Tyoka Jackson UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Bill Swancutt RFA Detroit Lions
    LB Boss Bailey UFA Detroit Lions
    LB Donte' Curry UFA Detroit Lions
    LB Teddy Lehman UFA Detroit Lions
    CB Dre' Bly UFA Detroit Lions

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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    "Prophet" wrote:
    "Bdubya" wrote:
    Can anybody find if the Lions are going to have any decent restricted free-agents next year?
    Here is a list from KFFL for the 2007 free agents (2006 contract year)

    Detroit Lions

    Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
    RB Arlen Harris UFA Detroit Lions
    RB Artose Pinner RFA Detroit Lions
    FB Will Matthews RFA Detroit Lions
    FB Cory Schlesinger UFA Detroit Lions
    WR Brett Fischer ERFA Detroit Lions
    WR Mike Furrey UFA Detroit Lions
    WR Paris Hamilton RFA Detroit Lions
    WR Glenn Martinez RFA Detroit Lions
    WR Scottie Vines RFA Detroit Lions
    TE Kori Dickerson RFA Detroit Lions
    TE Casey FitzSimmons UFA Detroit Lions
    TE Darius Williams ERFA Detroit Lions
    OG Tyrone Hopson UFA Detroit Lions
    OG Levi Newton RFA Detroit Lions
    C Brock Gutierrez UFA Detroit Lions
    C Dave Pearson RFA Detroit Lions
    DL Damian Gregory UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Claude Harriott UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Cleveland Pinkney UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Cory Redding UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Bryant Shaw ERFA Detroit Lions
    LB James Davis UFA Detroit Lions
    CB Jamar Fletcher UFA Detroit Lions
    CB Keith Smith RFA Detroit Lions
    SS Vernon Fox UFA Detroit Lions
    FS Terrence Holt UFA Detroit Lions

    Here is a list from KFFL for the 2008 free agents (2007 contract year)

    Detroit Lions

    Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
    QB Dan Orlovsky RFA Detroit Lions
    TE Sean McHugh UFA Detroit Lions
    TE Marcus Pollard UFA Detroit Lions
    P Nick Harris UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Tyoka Jackson UFA Detroit Lions
    DL Bill Swancutt RFA Detroit Lions
    LB Boss Bailey UFA Detroit Lions
    LB Donte' Curry UFA Detroit Lions
    LB Teddy Lehman UFA Detroit Lions
    CB Dre' Bly UFA Detroit Lions
    That list just made me remember how bad the Lions are. I don't even think I would want Dre' Bly on the Vikes. Hopefully, some other team with GOOD players will make this mistake in the future.
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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    WTF do they need a franchise tag for....Why franchise stiffs lol

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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    "Bdubya" wrote:
    That list just made me remember how bad the Lions are. I don't even think I would want Dre' Bly on the Vikes. Hopefully, some other team with GOOD players will make this mistake in the future.
    I dunno, Boss Bailey has a lot of potential and is a good tackler.

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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

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    "Bdubya" wrote:
    That list just made me remember how bad the Lions are. I don't even think I would want Dre' Bly on the Vikes. Hopefully, some other team with GOOD players will make this mistake in the future.
    I dunno, Boss Bailey has a lot of potential and is a good tackler.

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    True but he hasn't been able to stay on the field for any extended period of time.

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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    What were the Lions thinking? I think this just shows more inept management by the Lions.

    Actually If I were a player I would hate the Franchise tag. Good money for one year. No long term deal ugh! Especially in football you need that long term deal. Usually it has a bunch of signing bonus money.
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    Re: Lions lose franchise tag for 2007

    Yeah Matt Millen!!!!

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