Popeyejones wrote:They could absolutely franchise tag Armstead if they want to: it just means letting Ward and Sanders walk.
I'm genuinely curious, can they tag him if it puts them over the cap? The tag is technically more than the cap space they have.
The franchise tag is 18 million.
They have a low first round pick and no second or third round pick, so they really only need about 3.5-4 million for their rookie pool.
They currently have 14 million in cap space.
They have another 9 million in cap space from this year that they can roll over to next year.
Cutting McKinnon and Goodwin (both of whom absolutely aren't coming back) saves them another 9 million.
That alone gets them up to 32 million, minus 4 million for draft picks and 18 million for armstead, still leaving 10 million under the cap.
Just to be very clear though, I'm not saying they WILL do this or SHOULD do this, I'm simply saying the COULD do this if they wanted to.
As far as that goes, I don't think they will do this, nor do I think they should do this.
Even if they franchise and keep Armstead it's incredibly unlikely they'll be keeping him long term. The only way they'd do it is if they cut Dee Ford, which I don't they're going to do (even if I think the idea of it is more interesting than the reality of it actually happening). The play, I think, is to franchise and trade Armstead rather than having him for one year. This is still overall a very young team and they're on the low end of the spectrum on "win now" mode (which every team that finishes at .500 or above is in to some degree). They're much better off getting draft picks for long term cost control than getting a one year rental from Armstead IMO, and I think they know that too.
EDIT: And if anyone cares, just saw another take on this, although by the figures being cited it sounds like the idea here is to keep Armstead long term (warning that there is a SERIOUS mismatch between the title of the article and it's actual contents -- if you read the article and what he's proposing the "very different" 9ers team is substantively the exact same 9ers team minus Emannuel Sanders
-- from where I sit the development of Deebo Samuels and Kendrick Bourne, the return of Taylor and Hurd and the chance that Pettis returns to form really, really, really means they don't need to resign a 33 year old Emmanuel Sanders). https://www.ninersnation.com/2020/2/5/2 ... eam-in-202