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Report: Few deals expected for franchise-tagged players

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With the clock ticking on the 14 franchise-tagged players who haven’t signed long-term deals, the prognosis is mixed on whether more than a few will get a contract or play out their one-year tenders.

Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com said “perhaps only three or four deals will actually get struck,” before Monday’s deadline, based on conversations with league sources.

He counts Drew Brees among the likely to get done, based largely on the fact it’s inconceivable to other general managers that the Saints wouldn’t do what’s necessary to lock him up. Brees himself is optimistic, but it seems like the assumption he’ll be signed is stronger than any evidence of movement.

LaCanfora also cites Bears running back Matt Forte as likely, claiming “considerable progress,” and mentions Raiders safety Tyvon Branch as “the closest of all this group to a deal.”

LaCanfora said a source with knowledge of the Patriots talks with wide receiver Wes Welker termed it “50-50” that a deal gets done.

Otherwise, it sounds like it could be a slow weekend for most of the tagged players.

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3 Responses to “Report: Few deals expected for franchise-tagged players”
  1. dlc618 says: Jul 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    Wes is lucky to even be a player…sign your tender dude and get to work. Forte will get his..So will Drew, but I would love to see all of these guys get shut out for the year to teach them a lesson. Other stars will rise up if you don’t play. Greedy jerks.

  2. stoogy says: Jul 13, 2012 11:56 AM

    Branched signed his tender… He isnt being a cry baby about it. Like mike wallace. The raiders just wanna lock him up long term cause itll help the salary cap space. He is one of the best SS in the NFL.

  3. seabass577 says: Jul 13, 2012 12:00 PM

    Dlc618- learn your facts before you trash players.
    Welker has signed his tender. And is just looking
    For his payday

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