Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Broncos linebacker Von Miller were among nine players slapped with the NFL franchise tag Tuesday, keeping them in the AFC West for another season.
Berry was given a "non-exclusive" tag; Miller, an "exclusive" one. Tim Yotter of Scout.com explains that difference:
Of the nine franchised players, only Miller, the highest-rated player on the Scout.com free-agent rankings, was given the “exclusive” franchise tag, meaning he can’t negotiate a contract with another team, and he will get the average of the top five salaries in 2016 of players at his position.
Exclusive franchise players are not free to sign with another club and are offered the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year at the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 22 or – if it is higher – the amount of the required tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player that is a formula that takes into account what franchise players at his position received over the last five years and the amount of the salary cap over the last five years.
The “non-exclusive” franchise tender is a one-year contract for the average of the five largest salaries at that position from the prior year or 120 percent of the player’s salary last year, whichever is greatest. The player is allowed to negotiate a contract with another club, but the second club has to relinquish two first-round draft picks in exchange for signing the player.
It's rare that a team would give up two first-round draft picks, so consider Berry among the many impact defensive players the Chargers will face in the division in 2016.