Little progress made in talks to give extensions to franchise players
There's little optimism that deals will get done to extend franchise-tagged NFL players by Monday afternoon's deadline.
Teams have until Monday afternoon to get extensions done with their franchise players, but there has been little progress and there's not much optimism new deals will get done.
In general, deals don't get struck until just before the deadline, but even so discussions with several sources tied to these negotiations all turned up a similar lack of confidence a deal could be struck.
The Bengals haven't gotten anywhere with end Michael Johnson, and there isn't an expectation that situation will change. The Bills have made no real inroads with safety Jairus Byrd, though that could change in coming days.
The Cowboys broke off talks with end Anthony Spencer, though the sides had been maintaining a regular dialogue prior to that and you can't rule out them getting back to talks to take a final shot before the season. The Bears haven't made real progress with defensive lineman Henry Melton.
The Broncos have been in contact with the representatives for left tackle Ryan Clady, but nothing is imminent and the sides were quite far apart in negotiations this winter. The Dolphins haven't pushed to extend defensive lineman Randy Starks and that's not expected to change this weekend.
With the Chiefs having drafted left tackle Eric Fisher first overall and unable to trade tackle Branden Albert, that has made reaching a long-term deal in Kansas City very difficult. There was also one specialist tagged, Colts punter Pat McAfee, though his manageable $2.9 million tag makes it less important to work something out now.
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