The last thing anybody was thinking about inlate July when thenew CBA got donewas franchise tags. Well, tagging season is upon us. Today. So, with that, we take a look at the changes negotiated to the tag process that drop the franchise numbers for tagged players from 2011 levels. Jason LaCanfora at NFL.com detailed the changes in this article back in November. The formula for coming up with the number is waaaayyyy more complex than it used to be -- a franchised guy used to be paid the average of the five top salaries at his position. Now the tag takes the average of the tags at a position over the past five years added together and then divides them by the total value of the salary cap over the past five years. That percentage is multiplied by the cap for the current year. Got it? Me neither. As Mike Florio at PFT writes, the bottom line is that the number is going down and it's going to be relatively disappointing to franchised players. But a franchised guy will still make more than your neighborhood this year. Or my neighborhood. Patriots defensive back Malcolm Williams, a seventh-round pick last April, stopped by Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas and told the players there that, "Even though we took the L (in the Super Bowl)this time, I feel like Tom Brady will get us back to the promised land two or three more times." Asante Samuel is in line for 8.4 million in Philly this year and the feeling is the Eagles will try to move him. He left a very sour taste in the Patriots' mouths when he left after the 2007 season. So sour the Patriots would pass on the ballhawk and not try to get him to be Terrell Buckley 2.0? We'll see. Mike Sherman, the Dolphins' newly-hired offensive coordinator, is high on the potential in Miami. I don't disagree with him at all.
Tom Brady answers a question from Tom E. Curran on his ability to run for 1st downs on 3rd and 5.
Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?
*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.
*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.
*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.
*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.
*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.