The Jacksonville Jaguars have designated safety Donovin Darius as a franchise player. NFL clubs can designate one franchise player per year, and this is Darius' second time being named the Jaguars' franchise player. Tony Brackens in 2000 is the only other Jaguar to receive the franchise tag.
Under the collective bargaining agreement provisions, the Jaguars are required to tender Darius an offer for a one-year contract equal to the average of the top five salaries of NFL safeties last season, which is $4,100,000. As a "non-exclusive" franchise player, Darius can negotiate with other teams. If Darius signs an offer sheet with another team, the Jaguars would have the right to match the offer. If the Jaguars decline to match the offer, they would receive two-first round draft choices from the signing team as compensation.
Players subject to the franchise tag may still negotiate long-term contracts with their current team. However, if a long-term deal is reached between March 14 and July 15, the team would lose its right to use the franchise tag again for the duration of the contract.