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 BroncosRyan Clady â€” 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 endMichael 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.

 

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