The franchise tag is a relatively simple process, but the ramifications can be big for both teams and players. Here¡¯s everything you ever wanted to know, and more, about the tag, how it works, how much tagged players get paid, etc.
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That could be a reality, too. ¡°I¡¯m at the top, and if not, I¡¯m the closest; I¡¯ma need 15 a year, and they know this,¡± Bell (who goes by the name Juice) rapped in his single, ¡°Focus,¡± suggesting he could want to get paid as much as $15 million per year, an astronomical amount for a running back in today¡¯s NFL.
Rivera was born in California, but his father ¡ª a native Puerto Rican ¡ª was in the military. Rivera spent part of his childhood in Puerto Rico and avoided being a target of racism while surrounded by people who shared his heritage. That all changed when his family moved back to the mainland and another kid called him a pejorative term.
¡°I didn¡¯t feel racism until I came back to the United States,¡± Rivera said. ¡°But there was one term that set me off one time, and that¡¯s ¡®wetbacks.¡¯ That was the one that got me.¡±
It felt personal to Rivera, whose mother¡¯s family had emigrated from Mexico, across the Rio Grande and into Colorado and then on to the Salinas Valley in California.
Rivera played linebacker at UC Berkeley in the early ¡¯80s, and even an All-American at a school widely considered to be liberal in thought and practice was not exempt from racism.
The team could resort to free agency or the draft to fill the need at the position. Right now, Dan Kadar has Pittsburgh taking pass rusher Takkarist McKinley in his latest mock draft. Guys on the market to keep an eye out for include Alex Okafor, DeMarcus Ware, Lorenzo Alexander, and former AFC North rival Paul Kruger.
Backup running back DeAngelo Williams, who performed at an incredibly high level in spot starting duties, could also hit the market. With Bell¡¯s durability concerns, keeping Williams around or signing a back of comparable value could go a long way.
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