NFL Franchise/Transition player designations

Feb 21, 2007 - 3:19 PM Franchise players must be offered the average of the top five salaries at their position of 20 percent over their 2006 salary for the team to retain first refusal and draft choice compensation rights.

Transition players must be offered the average of the top 10 salaries at their position for the club to maintain rights of first refusal.

The following are players listed as franchise or transition players for 2007:

TEAM CLASSIFICATION PLAYER SALARY ---- -------------- ------ ------

Chicago Franchise Lance Briggs, LB $7.2 million

Cincinnati Franchise Justin Smith, DE $8.64 million

Indianapolis Franchise Dwight Freeney, DE $8.64 million

New England Franchise Asante Samuel, CB $7.79 million

New Orleans Franchise Charles Grant, DE $8.64 million






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