The deadline for NFL franchise players to sign long-term contracts in 2013 will pass Monday at 4 p.m. ET.
NFC West teams can afford to sit back and watch without consequence. For the second time in three years and the third time since divisional realignment in 2002, no teams from the division named a franchise player.
Recent Franchise Player Counts
The three potential NFC West candidates we discussed all departed their teams' rosters as unrestricted free agents this offseason:
Former San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $8.25 million per season, well above the $6.916 million value for franchise players at the position (the 49ers could have named Goldson their franchise player at a cost of $7.45 million).
Elsewhere, the Denver Broncos reached agreement over the weekend on a long-term deal for 2013 franchise player Ryan Clady. But as the first chart shows, there were only eight franchise players across the league this offseason, down from 21 a year ago.