March 21, 2008
Gross, designated as the team's franchise player, will earn a fully-guaranteed one-year contract worth $7.455 million. Under the terms of the franchise tag, the only way Gross could have gone elsewhere would have been if another team been willing to surrender two first-round draft picks to sign him. That rarely happens in the NFL.
Interior linemen Geoff Hangartner and Evan Mathis would have come cheaper, but no teams showed interest in signing them to offer sheets, so they too have re-signed.Teams interested in Hangartner or Mathis would have had to come off the hip with a second- and third-round pick, respectively. Hangartner will make $1.47 million this season, while Mathis will collect $927,000 provided they make the team.
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