Originally Posted by RhymesayersDU
I always wondered this too. I get that they want a long term deal, but those paper deals don't typically pay out their maximum value, and with the franchise tag you're still making double-digit millions of dollars, all guaranteed. Unless you blow all the money, one franchise tag year would set you for life.
Clady will get 10 million (?) from the tag, but if he signed a long term deal similar to Joe Thomas, he could have 45 million guaranteed.
That is why players want the long term deal.