TAMPA -- The NFL Players Association will hold its annual Super Bowl press conference this afternoon (3 p.m.), at which time more detail will be provided on exact franchise and transition tag numbers.
The National Football Post website has learned of the numbers prior to the press conference, and Andrew Brandt breaks them down in an easy-to-read analysis.
As expected, the franchise tag figure for quarterbacks is in the $14 million range. The exact figure is $14.6 million.
What does this mean for the Patriots?
If the Patriots decide to place the franchise tag on Matt Cassel, they must have $14.6 million of salary cap space available -- or at least have a plan in place to create that space once Cassel signs the franchise tender.
Tom Brady is scheduled to have a $14.6 million salary cap charge in 2009.
So in the event that the Patriots place the franchise tag on Cassel, and end up keeping him, they will have $29.2 million of the projected $123 million salary cap tied up in two players who play the same position.
That is not an ideal scenario for the team, and runs counter to the philosophy of spreading the wealth to more players.