Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers guard Louis Vasquez (65) against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
All these franchise tags yesterday were used and the San Diego Chargers sat to the side and watched some of the free agency crowd thin out. The Chiefs secured 3 of their free agents yesterday. The Chargers need to get in on the same boat and try to secure Louis Vasquez and Antoine Cason before they hit the open market.
The franchise tag, for those that are unaware, can be used by a team to keep a player from entering Free Agency. It essentially amounts to a 1 year extension being added onto their contract, but it pays them the average of the Top 5 salaries in the league for their position. For instance, the Indianapolis Colts used their franchise tag on Punter Pat McAfee. This means that McAfee will be a Colt in 2013, and will be paid the average 2013 salary of the 5 highest paid Punters in the league.
Ranking the free agents, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal and Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Foootball Post are in agreement on two counts: 1) Louis Vasquez is the Chargers’ top free agent, 2) Vasquez is only slightly better than Antoine Cason.
Believe it or not, Ansah has only played two seasons of football. In fact, he had never even seen a game on television until he moved from Ghana to the United States to attend college. After trying out for basketball and participating in track at BYU, he transitioned to football. He played sparingly as a junior, amassing just 10 tackles, mostly on special teams. But in his lone season as a starter the following year, Ansah notched 62 tackles, with 13 going for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. He also chipped in with nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception.