Franchise players: 3 unsigned, 6 sign tender, 12 get deals done

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The deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts has passed, and three players remain unsigned: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and 49ers safety Dashon Goldson.

Those three are all expected to sign their one-year franchise tenders eventually, but all of them may decide to take their time, possibly skipping training camp and waiting until just before the start of the regular season. It’s unlikely that any of them will remain unsigned at the start of the regular season, when they’d start losing one-seventeenth of the franchise player salary each week they remained unsigned.

Six more franchise players have signed their one-year tender offers and will play out the 2012 season for the franchise salary: Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, Patriots receiver Wes Welker, Redskins tight end Fred Davis, Bengals kicker Mike Nugent, Browns kicker Phil Dawson and Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer. Those six players will all either get a 20 percent pay raise if they’re franchised again next year, or they’ll test unrestricted free agency in March of 2013.

And 12 franchise players reached long-term deals, including three who just reached their deals today: Ravens running back Ray Rice, Bears running back Matt Forte and Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee.

The full list of all of this year’s 21 franchise players and their contract status is right here.

14 responses to “Franchise players: 3 unsigned, 6 sign tender, 12 get deals done

  1. It would be cool to see a breakdown of sports agents who represented these deals or non-deals.

  2. I hate that us fans are so wrapped up in the business side of sports. Doesn’t help when the media constantly reports on it. Seems like they want us to know the bs. I could care less who’s not happy with there millions. As fans I hope we can worry more about our teams play then our teams payroll and whos making more than who. I know its offseason and news is slow b.ut come on. This is getting rediculous

  3. zidanevalor says:
    Jul 16, 2012 4:19 PM
    Is Mike Wallace technically not a franchise player?


    He received a first round tender, not a franchise tag.

  4. The cheap ass Hunt family lives on. Bowe is easily a top 10 WR and the Chiefs are hoping their Thomas Jones punching bag, Jon Baldwin, will fill Bowe’s shoes. Cassel sucks plenty with having a top WR, taking that away will make him blow even harder.

  5. I don’t think the Ray Rice deal clears up much (if any) cap space for the Ravens. They are still very tight (<$1M). That's not going to help Ed Reed or Joe Flacco much this season. They are still under contract though, so there's time.

  6. I think Wallace is a RFA, not a franchise player. I belive you have to be an UFA to be available for the franchise tag.

  7. @zidanevalor
    “Is Mike Wallace technically not a franchise player?”

    I believe he is a restricted free agent with a first round tenured.

  8. yes. those cheap hunts. how dare they pay bowe a lousy 9.5 million this year. that is so freaking cheap on their part. the 6/60 to hali, 5/35 to charles/DJ, the 5/50 to flowers, oh right, and they didnt overpay for carr, must mean they are cheap. the team has a ton of young talent on their first contract, how does one expect to keep that talent if you throw the type of money we are seeing top WR’s get, at a guy like bowe, who had one season of real note, and it was vs the weakest schedule they faced in a long time, the same one no one gives cassel credit for.

    clark hunt is not being cheap, they are being smart in how they spend their money. bowe cant be counted on at the end of games. he dropped 2 game winners last year. they just spent a 1st on baldwin, paid breaston, signed boss for a 2 wr/2te set. Bowe is totally expendable, but to call them cheap for possibly paying him 19 million over the next 2 years? please. just stop

  9. KC has a log jam at WR. I say make Bowe a $9.5 million special teamer. Let him be the gunner and get his head kicked in a little. The guy has average speed, a poor attitude and below average hands. He has had one very good season, and the rest have been nice for a #2 or #3 WR.

  10. All I can say is Bowe is not going to the dolphins they dont have the cap space to pay for what Bowe is wanting so dolphins fans you can keep dreaming

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