In less than a week, the franchise tag and transition tags are set to become available to all 32 teams.
Tagging a player is a way to go when a long term agreement cannot be agreed upon from both sides.
The Bills have not used a franchise tag since 2006 and Nate Clements. There are, however, two players on the roster that could have it used on them. But there is only one that can be chosen, so the Bills need to be wise and negotiable coming into next week. The players are Jarius Byrd and Andy Levitre, both players the Bills need on their teams next year.
Just for reference here are the 2013 Franchise Tag and Transition Tag tenders. All in Millions.
CB: Franchise: $10.668 Transition: $8.939
DE: Franchise: $10.984 Transition: $8.994
DT: Franchise: $8.306 Transition: $6.919
K/P: Franchise: $2.926 Transition: $2.654
LB: Franchise: $9.455 Transition: $8.216
OL: Franchise: $9.660 Transition: $8.560
QB: Franchise: $14.642 Transition: $12.845
RB: Franchise: $8.079 Transition: $6.851
S: Franchise: $6.798 Transition: $5.899
TE: Franchise: $5.962 Transition: $5.105
WR: Franchise: $10.357 Transition: $8.716
So if Buffalo was to put a tag on Byrd, it would cost them 10.668M or 8.939M for one year. For Levitre it would be 9.660M or 8.560M. I would hope they would be able to come to terms with both of these players rather than spend 10M against the cap but they will do what they think is right.