Interesting note regarding the news that Oakland will franchise DT Richard Seymour: The top five free agent defensive tackles -- New England's Vince Wilfork, San Fran's Aubrayo Franklin, Pittsburgh's Casey Hampton, Green Bay's Ryan Pickett, and Seymour -- all either have been or are expected to get the franchise tag. That means, if worse comes to worse, they'll get the greater sum between the $7.003 million tender or 120 percent of their salary.
Tell me teams don't covet a competent guy who can plug up the run and add a little pass rush up the middle. But even at that, they're still a relative bargain. Only safeties ($6.455 million), tight ends ($5.908 million), and kickers and punters ($2.814 million) are awarded lesser tenders.