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Ryan Clady is expected to receive the franchise tag (USA Today Sports Images)

Monday is the first day of a two-week period where NFL teams may designate one player with the franchise (or transition) tag. The deadline for teams to use the tag is March 4.

The 2011 collective bargaining agreement changed the formula for determining the amount of the franchise tag, which is no longer calculated by determining the average of the five highest cap numbers at a position or position group.

To determine the percentage under the current agreement, the amounts of the franchise and transition tags at each position from the previous five seasons will be added up and divided by the sum of the league-wide salary cap number from the previous five seasons. For the uncapped 2010 season, the league uses the average of the 2009 and 2011 salary caps. The resulting percentage will be multiplied by the league-wide salary cap for the upcoming season to determine the non-exclusive franchise tag and transition tag amounts.

The current league-wide salary cap number has yet to be determined, but according to a source with knowledge of the formula, the percentages for each position have been released to certified player agents. Below are the percentages and the projected "non-exclusive" franchise and transition tag amounts, based on a projected league-wide cap number of $121 million:

Quarterback
Franchise: $14.654 million (12.111 percent)
Transition: $12.856 million (10.625 percent)

Running back
Franchise: $8.085 million (6.682 percent)
Transition: $6.857 million (5.667 percent)

Wide receiver
Franchise: $10.365 million (8.566 percent)
Transition: $8.723 million (7.209 percent)

Tight end
Franchise: $5.968 million (4.932 percent)
Transition: $5.109 million (4.222 percent)

Offensive line

Franchise: $9.668 million (7.99 percent)
Transition: $8.568 million (7.081 percent)

Defensive tackle
Franchise: $8.313 million (6.87 percent)
Transition: $6.925 million (5.723 percent)

Defensive end
Franchise: $10.993 million (9.085 percent)
Transition: $9.002 million (7.44 percent)

Linebacker
Franchise: $9.462 million (7.82 percent)
Transition: $8.223 million (6.796 percent)

Cornerback
Franchise: $10.677 million (8.824 percent)
Transition: $8.947 million (7.394 percent)

Safety
Franchise: $6.804 million (5.623 percent)
Transition: $5.904 million (4.879 percent)

Punters/Kickers
Franchise: $2.928 million (2.42 percent)
Transition: $2.656 million (2.195 percent)

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A second tag for Wes Welker would cost the Patriots over $11 million (USA Today Sports Images)

A record 21 players received the franchise tag in 2012, with 12 of those players signing multi-year extensions prior to the July 16, 2012 deadline. Of the nine who played out the season under the one-year tender, eight are eligible to be tagged for a second time, at a 20 percent increase over last year's tender amount, while Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson, who was franchised in 2011 and 2012, would receive a 44 percent increase if he received the franchise tag for a third time.

Here's how much it would cost their current teams to franchise those nine players again in 2013:

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes - $12.337 million
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent - $3.185 million
Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson - $5.486 million
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer - $10.627 million
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril - $12.726 million
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe - $11.418 million
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker - $11.418 million
San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson - $7.454 million
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis - $6.535 million

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