Franchise, transition numbers are out

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My pal Mike Garafolo tracked down the franchise tag numbers, and posted them on his blog at the Star-Ledger Web site. For obvious reasons (see: above), these are pretty relevant to the Patriots.

What do they mean? It’s the average of the top five salaries at each position. We’ll give the you transition tag (that one’s irrelevant) numbers as well, which are average the top 10 salaries at each spot. Here’s the rundown:

CORNERBACK: $9.566 million (franchise), $8.056 million (transition)

DEFENSIVE END: $12.398m, $10.193m

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: $7.003m, $6.353m

LINEBACKER: $9.680m, $8.373m

OFFENSIVE LINE: $10.731m, $9.142m

PUNTER/KICKER: $2.814m, $2.629m

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QUARTERBACK: $16.405m, $14.546m

RUNNING BACK: $8.156m, $7.151m

SAFETY: $6.455m, $6.011m

TIGHT END: $5.908m, $5.248m

WIDE RECEIVER: $9.521m, $8.651m

So will the Patriots flinch at $7.003 million required to, in essence, end Vince Wilfork’s turn at free agency? Fat chance.

New England was willing to tender Asante Samuel at $7.79 million in 2007. That year there was a cap, and it was significantly lower than it was in 2009. Now, there’s no cap.

Yup, you know what’s next …