Chargers WR Vincent Jackson and Dolphins NT Paul Soliai both will play the 2011 season under the terms of their one-year franchise tags. The NFL deadline for signing franchise players to long-term contracts this season passed Tuesday without either player securing a new deal.
Jackson will earn nearly $11 million guaranteed this season under the franchise tag. The wide receiver played in only six games last season, the minimum needed to accrue an additional year of free-agent credit, after holding out for a new contract, which he never received. He has been unable to secure a long-term deal from the Chargers, who apparently are reluctant to give him a multiyear contract because of his off-field problems.
The Chargers could place the tag on Jackson again next year, although recent contracts signed by top wide receivers indicate the franchise tag for wideouts in 2012 could be nearly $13.7 million.
As for Soliai, he was somewhat of a surprising choice for the tag in February. He will earn $12.476 million this season, or about 10 percent of the Dolphins' total player payroll. As with Jackson, the franchise salary next year for defensive tackles could increase substantially from this year's figure, making it unlikely that the team would guarantee that amount of money to a D-tackle, particularly one who has had issues controlling his weight.
Nevertheless, the Dolphins apparently didn't make a big effort to sign Soliai to a long-term deal, according to his agent, David Canter.
"From Day One, the Dolphins have never really made a big push to get a multiyear deal done," Canter told PFW.