(RDS.ca) - Busy day in the NFL, while the 32 circuit training had until Thursday to nominate their players and concession transition before the opening of the free agent market March 3. The finalists of Super Bowl XL, the Seattle Seahawks have placed the transition tag player on the star offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, one of the leaders of the success of running back Shaun Alexander.
Hutchinson therefore receive $ 6.39 million in 2006, equivalent to the average of the ten highest paid NFL his position in 2005.
The 17th overall pick of the 2001 draft may receive offers from other teams in the league, but the Seahawks will have a week to match. If Hutchinson does not sign long-term deal before March 17, Seattle will not negotiate with him before July.
Now that the case is set for Hutchinson, the Seahawks will focus on Alexander's signature and Rocky Bernard.
The Carolina Panthers have used the same ploy with running back DeShaun Foster, who is well assured of a guaranteed contract of $ 5.13 million for next season.
Foster has amassed 879 yards and two touchdowns, and added 372 yards and a touchdown through the air last season when he shared the backfield with Stephen Davis, who will probably be released.
Career, the graduate of UCLA took part in 32 NFL games. He compiled gains 1563 yards in 377 litters and added four touchdowns.
Detroit guard Backus
The Detroit Lions have meanwhile decided to make the tackle Jeff Backus their franchise player and therefore grant him the average salary of the five highest paid employees of the league at that position, or $ 6.98 million.
Backus can listen to proposals from other teams, but the Lions were given the right to match any offer or receive two first-round picks if they were to lose.
Backus played 80 consecutive games since joining the Lions in 2001.
Nate Clements (concession), Buffalo Bills, and Brian Williams (transition), the Minnesota Vikings were also labeled by their team.
Williams, Woodson and Peterson released
Other big names were not retained by their respective teams. The offensive lineman Mike Williams was fired by the Bills, Oakland Raiders cut ties with cornerback Charles Woodson as the San Francisco 49ers have not retained the services of linebacker Julian Peterson.
Williams, a former fourth-round pick, finished a disappointing four-year stay in Buffalo. Last year, he lost his starting job in favor of Jason Peters, who has never been recovered.
The decision allows the Bills to save $ 3 million for next season. Williams was the salary account for $ 10.8 million in payroll for Buffalo in 2006.
Woodson, a former Heisman Trophy winner, was designated the franchise player the Raiders the past two seasons.
He played only six games last season because of a broken leg. He had a guaranteed salary of $ 12.6 million for 2006.
Peterson has missed almost all of last season due to an Achilles tendon injury. One of the most popular players on the team, he inherited a salary of $ 5.2 million in 2005.
The 49ers have also said goodbye to cornerback Ahmed Plummer.