Values vs. projections as tag deadline nears

2013 Franchise Player Values*

The NFL released 2013 values for franchise players Friday, providing an opportunity for comparison to projected numbers.

The chart shows projected values, actual values and differences totaling $1.7 million in the players' favor.

Teams electing to protect one unrestricted free agent with the franchise tag must offer a one-year deal tied to top salaries for players at the same position. The figure is calculated in relation to the salary cap. For that reason, franchise player values remained unknown until the cap was set at $123.9 million per team.

Teams have until Monday to use the franchise designation. No NFC West team has done so to this point, and it's appearing as though none will. Safety Dashon Goldson and tight end Delanie Walker of the San Francisco 49ers would be the most logical candidates.