Four players remain on the franchise tag; Extension deadline Friday

Teams that still have players tied to the franchise tag have until 3:00 p.m. Friday to reach extension deals with the tagged performers. Otherwise, these players will play the 2022 season on the tag.

This year brought a better success rate for tags leading to expansions, at least compared to the last two offseasons. Four of the eight players who received the tag in March have signed extensions. This improves the pass rates for 2020 (2 to 14) and 2021 (3 to 9). Whereas chris godvin (Buccaneers), Cam Robinson (jaguars), David Njoku (Browns) and Davante Adams (Packers; traded to the Raiders) has agreed to deals, the rest of this year’s squad remain unsigned.

Here’s how this foursome fares as Deadline Week approaches:

S Jessie BatesCincinnati Bengals

This looks like the most controversial of this year’s remaining tag situations. Bates, 25, spoke of his disappointment at the Bengals’ lack of an extension ahead of his 2021 contract year and admitted not having received a long-term deal that affected him during the season. The former second-round pick, who rebounded with a playoff run with two interceptions and six pass deflections, voiced his opposition to the franchise tag in February. Absent a long-term contract, the fifth-year defenseman is unlikely to report to the Bengals’ training camp. Bates, who did not sign his franchise offer, is tied to a $12.9 million figure. The Bengals hold $15.8 million in cap space.

Cincinnati has Vonn Bell on a $6 million-a-year contract, which expires at the end of the season, and used a first-round pick on safety Daxton Hill. The team has notable players who become eligible for the extension after 2022, including Joe Terrier and Higgins t-shirtand they may not be ready to extend Bates to the level of Minka Fitzpatrick ($18.2 million per year) or jamal adams (ARV of $17.5MM). With the Bengals potentially eyeing Marcus WilliamsRavens’ five-year, $70 million deal, this stalemate created ‘dark’ negotiations leading to the deadline.

The Bengals have taken care of home defenders in the fairly recent past, giving both Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins two extensions and re-signing Dr. Kirkpatrick in 2017. They also let go of productive starters, as evidenced by the departures of Andrew Whitworth, Kevin Zeitler, William Jackson and Carl Lawson. Zeitler signed a then-record guard contract with the Browns in 2017; Is Bates heading to free agency after a year on hire?

J Orlando Brown Jr.Kansas City Chiefs

That situation hasn’t produced as many headlines as Bates has in the past year, but the Chiefs are days away from going year-over-year with their left tackle. Brown is tied to a $16.7 million tag, but is pursuing a deal that makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Trent Williams, who the Chiefs chased in free agency last year before switching to a Brown trade, currently holds that title ($23 million a year). The league has three 20 MM-AAV O linemen (Williams, David Bakhtiari and Laremy Tunsil). For Brown to commit to a long-term deal, he would have to be the fourth. The Chiefs hold $14.3 million in cap space.

The Chiefs gave up their 2021 first-round pick for Brown, in a deal that also sent a second-round Ravens to Kansas City. Brown hired an agent who had no NFL client at the time, seeking a representative with no front office connections. The former Ravens third-rounder delivered an ominous message to his current team last month. Addressing AFC West Arrivals chandler jones, Khalil Mac and Randy Gregory, Brown said it was “not the year to come into the season with a backup left tackle.” The parties have entered into talks, which was the Chiefs’ plan when acquiring Brown in 2021. But those could, as many standoffs do, go all the way to the deadline.

Going from a right tackle the Ravens didn’t have in their long-term plans to a Chiefs Pro Bowler given the tag, Brown showed a knack for maximizing his value. Like Bates, Brown did not sign his franchise offer, giving him the option to skip training camp for free. The Chiefs have only one lineman O, Joe Thuney, signed a notable veteran contract. It looks like the franchise is ready to give Brown a costly extension. If the 26-year-old tackle intends to top Williams’ deal, it will test the Chiefs’ commitment.

AND Mike GesickiMiami Dolphins

The Dolphins may be considering a rental season here. Gesicki signed his franchise offer and expressed interest in a long-term deal in Miami. But the team may want to see more of the former second-round pick. Less than a week from the deadline, the parties have not worked much on an extension. Njoku’s $14.2 million-a-year pact can reasonably be considered a goal for Gesicki, with the Dolphins’ tight end producing two seasons — in terms of yardage — that topped Njoku’s best year ever. Even before Njoku’s extension, the Dolphins and their scored tight end weren’t close to a raise. The Dolphins hold $16.5 million in cap space.

Mike McDaniel reshaped the Dolphins’ offense this offseason, and on a franchise bid of just $10.9 million, the Penn State product makes sense as a rental piece. This is a crucial year for Tua Tagovailoa, and the Dolphins kept one of his top targets out of the market. Gesicki, 26, could join this year’s other tight end as a free agent in 2023. It would cost the Dolphins 120% of this year’s tight figure to handcuff Gesicki again in 2023.

AND Dalton SchultzDallas Cowboys

The Cowboys frequently offer extensions, preferring deals that last at least five years. This preference has impacted Schultz’s talks, with Njoku’s contract no doubt taking this equation into account as well. Throughout the offseason, the Cowboys and Schultz have not been close to a deal. Schultz, 26, has not completed OTAs with the team, citing his dissatisfaction with his contract talks for his departure. Later, he returned for the obligatory minicamp. Despite little momentum emerging for much of the offseason, those negotiations still have a chance to produce a deal before Friday’s deadline. The Cowboys hold $22.5 million in cap space; Schultz signed his offer.

Unlike Gesicki’s situation, close talks in Dallas continued throughout the offseason. The $10.9 million payout obviously represents a major raise for the former fourth-round pick, but as Blake JarwinInjury issues have shown players can lose value quickly. The Cowboys paid off Jarwin before his career-changing injuries, and Schultz has been a much more effective weapon, as evidenced by his 2021 season of 808 yards and eight touchdowns. The Cowboys were wise to keep him off the market this year, with amari cooper to be exchanged and Michael Gallup unlikely to start the season on time.

If Schultz and the Cowboys can’t agree on terms by Friday, his key status Dak Prescott the goal is to position the former Stanford for a big payday as UFA 2023. Again, the Cowboys have re-tagged several players – Prescott and By Marcus Lawrence — over the past five years.

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