Originally Posted by GAC
I agree. But I think they could get Rudi alot cheaper then Alexander (if there is even a chance of doing so). So why aren't they offering Rudi a contract? The guy has proved his worth over the last two seasons to this team. To me, putting a "franchise" label on someone, instead of offering them a contract, is really like a smack in the face, and I can understand why any player would be upset.
The franchise tag is about the same as offering arbitration to a free agent eligible player in baseball. It does not mean that the team cannot negotiate a longer contract with the player nor does it prevent the player from negotiating with another team. It simply sets the one year price tag and ensures that the team will get draft compensation if he signs elsewhere.
For example, if the Reds had offered Paul Wilson arbitration, then he could have:
a) Negotiated a multi-year contract with the Reds (like he did).
b) Signed with another team with the Reds getting draft compensation
c) Accepted arbitration for a one year contract
Rudi has all of the same options except that the Bengals have the right to counter any other team's deal.