With the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals on Friday, July 15 at 1 p.m. ET, and four players gone to seek contract extensions, the sleepiest summer days on the NFL schedule could wake up. .
Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown, Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki and Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz are aiming for long-term pacts, but the Deals don’t appear imminent for any of the foursomes, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday.
The most optimism probably surrounds Brown and Schultz, while Bates’ situation looks the most delicate.
Brown, who the Chiefs acquired via trade from the Baltimore Ravens before last season, has yet to sign his franchise tag and there have been no talks as of late, but Garafolo expects what conversations heat up early next week to see if a long-term pact can be made. On the tag, Brown is expected to receive $16.6 million in 2022, but the Chiefs left tackle wants to be paid among the best in his position, which is between $22 million and $23 million per season.
Schultz and Gesicki, who are each slated to earn $10.9 million on the 2022 label, have signed to their labels.
Garafolo expects talk to increase for Schultz and the Cowboys in hopes that a long-term extension stays alive.
However, in Miami, it looks like Gesicki will likely play on the tag as he and the Dolphins haven’t “really engaged in contract negotiations,” according to Garafolo.
For Bates, a positive result with the Bengals looks grim at the moment.
Garafolo doesn’t see Bates appearing for the start of the Bengals’ July 26 training camp without a long-term deal, which Garafolo doesn’t see materializing.
Bates has yet to sign his franchise tag and would receive $12.9 million on the tag in 2022. Bates, who earned $2.43 million in 2021 while helping the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance , would obviously get a significant raise, but that would come in comparison to Minkah Fitzpatrick recently signing an extension with rival Pittsburgh Steelers that saw her earn $18.24 million per season. Garafolo doesn’t see the Bengals venturing into this annual area code with Bates.
In all, eight players have been applied to the franchise tag in 2022. Davante Adams was traded from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders, who signed him for a mega extension, while the Jaguars offensive tackle of Jacksonville Cam Robinson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin and Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku each signed extensions.
What remains for the last four tagged players will be played out the last week before the July 15 deadline.