Six Franchise Players Named for 2010

Vince Wilfork, Patriots

Six franchise player designations were announced today for the 2010 NFL free agency signing period that begins on March 5.  There are no transition player designations this year.

Following are the players designated franchise players for 2010:

2010 Franchise Players
Green Bay defensive tackle Ryan Pickett
New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork
Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour**
Pittsburgh kicker Jeff Reed
San Francisco defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin
Seattle kicker Olindo Mare

**exclusive rights franchise player

A franchise player is a designated restricted or unrestricted free agent whose team must tender a one-year contract at the average of the five highest-paid players at the player’s position in 2009, or 120 percent of the player’s 2009 salary, whichever is greater.  A franchise player designation gives the club a first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another club after his contract expires.  If the club matches, it retains the player.  If it does not match, it receives two first-round draft choices as compensation.

The franchise tender for a defensive tackle is $7,003,000 or 120% of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.

The franchise tender for a kicker/punter is $2,814,000 or 120% of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year (2010) as of April 15, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, or the average of the top five salaries at his position as of the end of last season – whichever of the three is greater.

For the complete list of franchise and transition player tenders, click here.

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