Either way, Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes is set to hit the jackpot.
The former undrafted free agent, who was discovered by former Falcons coach Bruce Plummer out of tiny Shippensburg University, was slapped with the team's franchise tag.
He could walk into the office at the start of free agency, sign the tender and be in line for 10.281 million big ones.
However, because Grimes has essentially been on year-to-year contracts since 2007 and because he wants a long-term deal, his agent said that signing the tag is the last thing on his mind.
Grimes made 2.63 million last season.
"We have no plans to sign the tag at this time," wrote Grimes' agent Ben Dogra in a text to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We hope to be able to continue to discuss (through) all the issues at the appropriate time."
At the NFL Scouting Combine, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team was considering putting the franchise tag on Grimes. He went on the team's flagship radio station, 790TheZone...