McAlister gets franchise tag from Ravens

Cornerback, team at work on a long-term contract

February 21, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The Ravens officially placed the franchise-player tag on cornerback Chris McAlister yesterday, the deadline for teams to use the designation.

As a franchise player, McAlister will receive a one-year tender worth the average salary of the top five players at his position - $5.9 million.

McAlister, who would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this month if not for the tag, and the Ravens will continue to work on a long-term contract.

Although McAlister can still sign with other teams, the Ravens retain the right to match any contract offer or accept two first-round draft choices from that team.

If the Ravens sign McAlister to a long-term contract before March 15 or after July 15, the team will be able to use the franchise tag again on another player next season.

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