Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/8/12

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 20: Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on with eyeblack bearing the #15 of Chris Henry during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
MLB Rey Maualuga Maualuga is a good linebacker, but the linebacker franchise tag value (8.8 million in 2012) is inflated by the salaries of rush linebackers and thus non-rush linebackers rarely get tagged. After an offseason in which Curtis Lofton, Stephen Tulloch, and David Hawthorne got 27.5 million, 25.5 million, and 19 million respectively over 5 years, the Bengals are unlikely to commit 8.8 million to Maualuga over just one season. Likelihood: Very unlikely P Kevin Huber Punters and kickers are the most often franchised because the franchise tag values for them are very cheap and franchising them makes a lot more sense than giving them a long term deal. Huber has just a 43.3 yards per punt average in his career though, so he’ll need a career best year to prove he’s worth being franchised. Likelihood: Unlikely K Mike Nugent Nugent is a good kicker and received the franchise tag this offseason, meaning he’d be owed at least 3.1848 million if he were to be franchised again....
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