Deals by Tuesday deadline unlikely
The three franchised players without long-term deals -- Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai -- are not expected to sign long-term extensions by Tuesday's deadline, according to sources.
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If teams don't sign their franchised players to long-term extensions by Tuesday they have to wait until the offseason.
Ngata and the Ravens have not talked contract in close to a month, and a deal is not expected by the deadline. There's no acrimony but, for now, the two sides have agreed to disagree over a player that has become one of the most dominant defenders in the game.
Jackson and the Chargers have not discussed a contract extension at all, meaning San Diego either will have to franchise him again this offseason or face losing him in free agency.
The Dolphins and Soliai are further along than Ngata and Jackson, but not by much. The two sides have talked, but the Dolphins have yet to produce an offer anywhere near compelling enough to make Soliai take it.
Last winter, 12 players were franchised. The other nine have signed long-term contract extensions.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.
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