Friday Afternoon Open Thread: Should Franchise Tags Stack When A Player Switches Teams?

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates with Yeremiah Bell #37 after the Dolphins defense recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown during the game on September 19 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Drew Brees has been in the news quite a bit as of late. Not only is he making headlines for the big Saints bounty scandal, but he is also having some contract issues as well. As you probably know, the Saints seem unwilling to pay Brees what he wants and for that, he has sued them and taken them to court over his franchise tag.

He recently won a battle that will now make it so that every player that had received a franchise tag from their past team will now get to carry the benefits from that to their new team. You see, every time a player is tagged with the franchise label, the price to keep them goes up.

Here is how Pro Football Talk explains it:

Any player who ever faces a third tag after one or two were applied by a prior team will get either a 144-percent raise over his most recent cap number (if he's a quarterback) or the quarterback franchise tender (if he's not a quarterback).

As Florio also states in the article, one player that benefits from this greatly is former Arizona Cardinal, Karlos Dansby. Dansby was tagged twice while with the Cards and should the Dolphins decide to place the tag on him once his deal expires in 2014, they would have to pay him the same amount a quarterback would get with the tag. That equates to somewhere around $18 million. Ouch.

The likelihood Dansby gets the tag at the age of 33 (how old he will be when his current deal expires) is poor, but with these new rules it seems out of the question. So I ask you: Should franchise tags stack from team to team like that? Since Dansby got the tag in Arizona, should Miami now be penalized should they try to use it as well?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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