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For the record: Jairus Byrd's franchise tag at $6.916 million

By Tim Graham

ByrdMugThe Buffalo Bills will need to commit $6.916 million if they place the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd.

Official franchise- and transition-tag numbers were revealed today. Teams have until 4 p.m. Monday to use a tag to retain the rights of one player about to become an unrestricted free agent.

Not every team will use a tag, but Byrd is an obvious candidate if the Bills can't sign him to a long-term deal.

He is coming off his second Pro Bowl season and would be a hot commodity on the open market. NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal rated Byrd the league's fourth-best player in this year's free-agent class.

A franchise tag guarantees that player a one-year contract for an average salary of the NFL's five highest-paid players at his position or a 20 percent raise, whichever is greater.

There are two types of franchise tags. Exclusive prevents other teams from negotiating with that player, while the non-exclusive designation allows other teams to sign him to an offer sheet. If the original team declines to match the offer, then the player's new team must surrender two first-round draft choices to the original team.

Transition tags are rare. They guarantee the player a one-year contract for an average salary of the 10 highest-paid players at his position and provide the original team a right of first refusal if the player signs an offer sheet with another club.

Here are the numbers, as first tweeted by NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.

Franchise tag figures

  • • Quarterbacks: $14.896 million
  • • Running backs: $8.219 million
  • • Wide receivers: $10.537 million
  • • Tight ends: $6.066 million
  • • Offensive linemen: $9.828 million
  • • Defensive tackles: $8.45 million
  • • Defensive ends: $11.175 million
  • • Linebackers: $9.619 million
  • • Cornerbacks: $10.854 million
  • • Safeties: $6.916 million
  • • Kickers, punters: $2.977 million
Transition tag figures
  • • Quarterbacks: $13.068 million
  • • Running backs: $6.97 million
  • • Wide receivers: $8.867 million
  • • Tight ends: $5.194 million
  • • Offensive linemen: $8.709 million
  • • Defensive tackles: $7.039 million
  • • Defensive ends: $9.151 million
  • • Linebackers: $8.358 million
  • • Cornerbacks: $9.095 million
  • • Safeties: $6.002 million
  • • Kickers, punters: $2.7 million

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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