One week left for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year deals

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July is generally quiet around the NFL until training camps open at the end of the month, but there is a notable date on the horizon for a few players and teams.

The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year deals with their teams is on July 15. Six players received franchise tags this year, but only three of them — Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, 49ers kicker Robbie Gould and Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett — have not signed long-term contracts so far this offseason.

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence signed a five-year deal with the Cowboys while fellow edge rushers Frank Clark and Dee Ford each landed new deals after being traded. Ford was sent to the 49ers by the Chiefs, who then made a deal to acquire Clark from Seattle. Clark and Ford also signed five-year deals.

Word from Houston in April was that the plan was still to sign Clowney, who hasn’t signed the franchise tender, to a long-term deal, but Brian Gaine was the one talking about that plan and he’s been fired since making those comments. No new G.M. is in place and there’s been no word on progress toward an agreement.

Gould also hasn’t signed the tender and he has made a trade request that the 49ers have not shown a sign of granting to this point in the offseason. Gould called it a “complicated situation” last month and has hinted at interest in returning to the Bears as he and his family still call the Chicago area home.

Jarrett did sign his tender and joined the Falcons for minicamp before the offseason program came to an end last month. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said it’s just “a matter of when” a long-term deal for Jarrett gets done, although they’re also trying to work out a new deal with wide receiver Julio Jones so the status quo could hold through the 2019 season.

Jarrett would make just over $15.2 million under the terms of the tag. Clowney would stand to make over $15.9 million and Gould’s tag comes with a salary of just over $4.9 million.

4 responses to “One week left for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year deals

  1. First world problems. Two linemen think they are probably not being “respected” at $15+ mil for the year, LOL.
    #freeagentseveryyear (Charles O. Finley)

  2. pbdisciple says:
    July 8, 2019 at 8:29 am
    First world problems. Two linemen think they are probably not being “respected” at $15+ mil for the year, LOL.
    #freeagentseveryyear (Charles O. Finley)

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    I spend my days dreaming that someone would come along and disrespect me like that.

  3. I put my money on Gould not signing a long term deal with Frisco. He does not seem to want to retire either and he is unlikely to be traded. Few teams would even spend an early round draft pick for a kicker, now that Al Davis is no longer around. Teams get ridiculed for spending a 5th round pick on a placekicker or punter just a short few years ago. Will a team send a fifth round pick to Frisco for Gould? Very unlikely. Will Frisco accept a 6th or 7th round pick for Gould? That seems unlikely also.

  4. Gould seems like he won’t sign and in essence lose out on about a million a year…he’s going to mess this up for himself and family finacialy….but heh, maybe he doesnt care, and really wants to play close to home for alot less money.

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