Monday is the deadline for players with franchise tags to sign long-term deals with their teams, but you shouldn’t be looking for any last second announcements from the Colts.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that punter Pat McAfee will not be signing anything to replace the franchise tender he signed earlier this offseason. As a result, McAfee will play out the year at a salary of $2.977 million before becoming a free agent again after the season.
There was never much talk of a longer deal coming out of Indianapolis this offseason so it doesn’t come as much surprise that McAfee will play under the tag this season. McAfee, a seventh-round pick in 2009, set franchise records for both gross and net punting averages last season and tied the club mark for most punts inside the 20-yard-line of the opposing team.
None of the eight players franchised this season have signed multi-year deals with their teams. Broncos tackle Ryan Clady appears to be the closest to the deal with time running out to get something done this year.