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2015 Franchise and Transition Players Announced

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Although the Saints didn't tag any of the team's free agents this year, six clubs did choose to use the Franchise or Transition Player designations.

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Yesterday afternoon was the deadline for clubs to announce which players, if any, they were designating as "Franchise Players" or "Transition Players."  As expected, the New Orleans Saints did not utilize either of these tags on any of their players.  However, five clubs did use the Franchise Tag; and a sixth made use of the Transition Player designation.

To keep our fans up to date, we have listed each of the clubs who tagged players, the players which were tagged, and the values of said tags:

2015 FRANCHISE PLAYERS
Club Player Position Value
Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant WR $12,823,000
Denver Broncos Demaryius Thomas WR $12,823,000
Kansas City Chiefs Justin Houston LB $13,195,000
New England Patriots Stephen Gostkowski K $4,126,000
New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul DE $14,813,000


2015 TRANSITION PLAYER
Club Player Position Value
Miami Charles Clay TE $7,071,000

Although Saints fans won't have a Jimmy Graham franchise tag situation to keep us occupied this offseason, there is plenty of potential for cuts and restructures on the road ahead, in order to make room for any free agents the team hopes to target.

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The new league year opens at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. Central) on March 10th, when unrestricted free agents can sign with any team.  Senio Kelemete is the only exclusive rights free agent from the 2014 squad, and the team has chosen to pick up the option on his contract.  Here’s a list of the Saints' unrestricted and restricted free agents for the 2015 offseason:

Unrestricted

Brandon Deaderick DL
Moise Fokou LB
Jonathan Goodwin C
Shayne Graham K Signed Feb 12th:  1 year, $970,000
Parys Haralson LB Signed Feb 12th:  1 year, $870,000
Ramon Humber LB
Mark Ingram RB
Luke McCown QB Signed Feb 5th: 1 year, $970,000
Robert Meachem WR
Patrick Robinson CB
Jamarca Sanford S

Restricted

Travaris Cadet RB
Bryce Harris OT
Tyrunn Walker DL

Exclusive Rights

Senio Kelemete G Contract Extension Announced Feb 9th:  1 year, $585,000