NFL

Franchise-tag period ends quietly

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) runs the ball after a fumble recovery against the Miami Dolphins
The Bills couldn't get Jairus Byrd signed to a long-term deal.
Share This Story

Mike Garafolo

Mike Garafolo is a Senior NFL Reporter for FOXSports.com and FOX Sports 1. A native of Philadelphia who now resides in New Jersey, he is a former New York Giants beat writer for The Star-Ledger of Newark (N.J.) and a former NFL reporter for USA Today. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

And so ends one of the quietest NFL franchise-tag negotiating periods ever.

THE ROAD TO SB XLVIII

From the opening kickoff to the Super Bowl, the best NFL action is on FOX. See the full NFL on FOX schedule.

Teams had until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to negotiate with the eight players who were tagged this year, and only one — the Denver Broncos' Ryan Clady — got himself a long-term deal. The other seven who received the tag must now play under the one-year offer, with the Buffalo Bills' Jairus Byrd the only one who hasn't signed the tender.

“We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but unfortunately, were unable to reach one before today’s deadline," Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a statement. "Our attention will now be focused on a one-year agreement with him and on training camp with our continued efforts to prepare our team for the upcoming season.”

There were some discussions Monday between the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive end Michael Johnson, though those talks never came close to making either side optimistic, a source told FOX Sports. The same went with Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert, whose representatives didn't have lengthy discussions with Chiefs brass Monday.

Defensive tackles Henry Melton (Chicago Bears) and Randy Starks (Miami Dolphins) seemed destined to play for their $8.45 million tenders from the jump. Melton told the Chicago Tribune early Monday there would be no long-term agreement before the deadline, so clearly there were no late discussions there.

NEED SOME? GET SOME

Feed your NFL addiction! Come feast on all the news in our updating blog.

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee will make $2.977 million under the tag this season, and linebacker Anthony Spencer gets a salary of $10.627 million from the Dallas Cowboys.

Many of the franchise players are making more over one season than the average per year (APY) of the long-term contracts players at their position received in free agency. That's why these players — minus Byrd — rushed to sign the tags and why there was less of an incentive for them to sign longer deals. Teams weren't offering deals with significantly higher average payouts per season. The Broncos did, and Clady decided to take $33 million guaranteed and the chance to earn more than $11 million per season over a five-year deal.

Clady was the exception to the rule this year. The rest will head toward unrestricted free agency — and maybe another tag — next offseason, which could flood the market with more talent next spring.

Tagged: Jairus Byrd, Bills, Bears, Broncos, Chiefs, Ryan Clady

More Stories From Mike Garafolo

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


NFL Videos

Best Person in Sports: Keenan Lewis Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Saints CB Keenan Lewis hosts a back-to-school event, giving children medical ser...

NFL Roundtable: New York Jets Posted: Jul 14, 2014
They're a team with plenty to prove and a roster of players primed to get it don...

NFL Roundtable: Detroit Lions Posted: Jul 11, 2014
A team with so many weapons, is this the season that the Lions put together and ...

More Than Sports on MSN