The Carolina Panthers’ front office would be extremely wise to use the franchise tag on Guard Andrew Norwell as a bridge to a long-term deal.
According to Around the NFL Writer Kevin Patra, there are three types of franchise tags: the non-exclusive, exclusive, and transition. His entire article can be found above, and below. Additionally, here are all of the possible franchise tag scenarios that could play out with Guard Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers.
- Non-exclusive Franchise Tag– This type of franchise would offer Norwell a one year deal that is equal to the average of the top 5 salaries at the offensive line position over the past 5 years or 120% of the previous salary of that player, whatever price is higher. Additionally, Norwell can negotiate with other teams, but the Panthers have the right to match any offer. If Norwell is signed to another team while under this tag, the Panthers will receive 2 first round draft picks.
- Exclusive Franchise Tag– Paying a salary of the average of the highest current top 5 players at any offensive line position or 120 % of his previous salary, whatever is higher, Norwell would be barred from negotiating with any team and would have to play for the Carolina Panthers.
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- Transition Tag– If the Panthers use this tag on Norwell, Norwell would receive a salary equal to the average of the top 10 highest paid players on the offensive line. The Panthers would retain the privilege of matching an offer that a different team makes, but if the Panthers chose not to match that offer no compensation would be made.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the cost of tagging Norwell will be about $14 million. Likely, the Panthers would use the non-exclusive franchise tag as a bridge to a long-term deal similar the deal given to Trai Turner. That deal was 4 years old for $45 million.