Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Franchise tag tracker: Ravens' Ray Rice
By Jamison Hensley
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice still hasn't signed his franchise tag and apparently doesn't plan to do so for a while. He is not alone.
Of the 21 players who received the franchise tag, 12 remain unsigned. Raiders safety Tyvon Branch signed his franchise tender Monday, becoming only the sixth player to do so. Three players (Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis and Giants punter Steve Weatherford) did what all franchise players hope to do -- reach long-term deals with their teams.
Franchise players have until July 16 to sign new deals with their teams or they'll play the season under their tag. Here's the updates on the 21 players who received the franchise tag:
QB Drew Brees, Saints: Remains unsigned. Reportedly no progress in talks for long-term deal.
RB Matt Forte, Bears: Remains unsigned. Skipped first voluntary workouts.
RB Ray Rice, Ravens: Remains unsigned. Missed start of voluntary workouts.
WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles: Signed five-year, $47 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.
WR Wes Welker, Patriots: Remains unsigned. Welker said he's "probably not going to" attend mandatory minicamp in June.
WR Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs: Remains unsigned. Chiefs reportedly have no intentions of trading him.
TE Fred Davis, Redskins: Signed his franchise tender of $5.446 million on March 16.
DL Cliff Avril, Lions: Remains unsigned. Sides reportedly are at an impasse in contract talks.
DE Calais Campbell, Cardinals: Remains unsigned. Missed start of voluntary workouts.
DE-LB Robert Mathis, Colts: Signed four-year, $36 million contract that includes $15 million signing bonus.
LB Anthony Spencer, Cowboys: Signed his franchise tender of $8.856 million last month.
CB Brent Grimes, Falcons: Signed his franchise tender of $10.281 million last month after reports surfaced that the Falcons were interested in trading for Asante Samuel.
S Tyvon Branch, Raiders: Signed his franchise tender of $6.212 million on Monday.
S Dashon Goldson, 49ers: Remains unsigned.
S Michael Griffin, Titans: Remains unsigned. Plans to sign injury waiver and attend offseason workouts.
K Connor Barth, Buccaneers: Remains unsigned. Didn't attend start of voluntary workouts.
K Phil Dawson, Browns: Signed franchise tender of $3.81 million on March 13.
K Mike Nugent, Bengals: Signed his franchise tender of $2.654 million last month.
K Matt Prater, Broncos: Remains unsigned.
K Josh Scobee, Jaguars: Remains unsigned. Talks have reportedly stalled between the two sides.
P Steve Weatherford, Giants: Signed a five-year, $12.75 million contract.