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Falcons Franchise Their Punter

Feb 9, 2009 – 9:20 PM
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JJ Cooper

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Punters don't get franchise tags very often.

Actually punters don't ever get franchise tags. They're punters. They trot out, crank off a 45-yard punt (hopefully) then jog back to the sideline. With a surplus of punters usually being out on the street looking to work, they just aren't in that much demand.

But the Falcons are not ones to be conventional. Atlanta will become the second team to ever give its punter a franchise tag as they have announced that they are franchising Michael Koenen.

The good news is that because punters are not in high free agent demand, franchise tags for punters aren't that expensive by NFL standards. While Matt Cassell got $14 million for his franchise tag, Koenen will get only $2.48 million for his franchise tag.

Koenen was pretty god in 2008, and his versatility (he also kicks off and can be used on long field goals) makes him a pretty valuable punter. And since the Falcons didn't have anyone else worth franchising, why not slap the tag on Koenen? I guess it makes sense, even if he is a punter.
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