NEW YORK (AP) -Players designated by teams as franchise players for 2009 as released by the NFL:
Arizona - LB Karlos Dansby
Atlanta - P Michael Koenen
Baltimore - LB Terrell Suggs
Carolina - DE Julius Peppers
Cincinnati - PK Shayne Graham
Houston - DB Dunta Robinson
New England - QB Matt Cassel
New York Giants - RB Brandon Jacobs
Pittsburgh - OT Max Starks
San Diego - RB Darren Sproles
St. Louis - DB Oshiomogho Atogwe
Seattle - LB Leroy Hill
Tampa Bay - WR Antonio Bryant
Tennessee - TE Bo Scaife

An ``exclusive'' franchise player - not free to sign with another club - is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of April 17, or 120 percent of the player?s previous year?s salary, or the average of the top five salaries at his position as of the end of last season - whichever of the three is greater.

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