Favre’s return, and subsequent raise, has given the Patriots captain a little more leverage in his contract situation.
As we noted in our story a couple weeks ago on the NFL’s big quarterback deals of 2010, the franchise number for the position is scheduled to fall in 2011. Including Favre’s previously set $13 million for 2010, the franchise tag for QBs in ’11 was projected to be $13.8 million (barring any more big deals). Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports this morning that the Vikings QB will be given a bump in his base to $16.5 million. And that will change the quarterback franchise tag computation to this …
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis: $19.2 million
Brett Favre, Minnesota: $16.5 million
Tony Romo, Dallas: $12.4 million
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: $12.3 million
Matt Ryan, Atlanta: $12.2 million
FRANCHISE NUMBER: $14.5 million
For now, this has nothing to do with anyone being franchised in 2011 (although it could, eventually). It has to do with the player’s negotiating position in two ways.
First, Favre now carries the highest 2010 base salary for a quarterback, at the aforementioned $16.5 million. Second, the franchise number is often used as a negotiating point in talks, and that’s why Peyton Manning’s 2011 tag figure of $23.2 million makes his situation different than Brady’s. Favre’s raise at least closes the gap a little.
This, of course, isn’t going to make or break anything in the negotiations. But it is another layer that can be fluid.