I figured that it would be helpful to list the following CBA tidbits and how they may affect tagging Cassel. 1.) As soon as the Patriots place the franchise tag on Cassel, the amount of the franchise tag (I project it to be $14.651 million) will immediately count against the Patriots cap. That is, Cassel does NOT have to sign the tender in order for it to count against the cap. 2.) If the Pats tag Cassel and wish to reach a long-term deal with him, they and Cassel have to come to the long-term agreement by 4PM, July 15th. ProFootballTalk.com -- The Best Pro Football Scoop on the Internet 3.) If the Patriots tag Cassel and wish to trade him after July 15th, Cassel has to sign the franchise tender before 4PM July 15th. I got this information from reading about the 49ers' tampering with Briggs in 2007. 4.) If Cassel were to sign a two-year deal with the Patriots, his 2010 salary can not be more than 130% of his 2009 salary. Example, if his 2009 salary is $1,000,000 then his 2010 salary can not be more than $1,300,000. 5.) If Cassel were to sign a two-year deal with the Patriots, any 2010 off-season roster bonus and any 2010 off-season reporting bonus would be treating as a signing bonus in 2009 6.) If 2010 is uncapped and Cassel had signed an one-year deal for the 2009 season, he would be an RFA in 2010. 7.) If Cassel is an RFA in 2010, the Patriots' tender offer has to be at least 110% of his 2009 salary. 110% of $14.651 million is $16,116,000.