None of the seven appear close to an agreement. While strange things can happen as the deadline approaches, it seems Clady will be the only tagged player to get a long-term contract.
Breer: Playing the franchise tag
How did the franchise tag turn into a mechanism for saving money on second-tier players? Albert Breer takes a closer look. **More ...**
» Branden Albert, OT (Franchise tag: $9.828 million): The Kansas City Chiefs have been talking with Albert's representatives but still haven't presented a formal offer, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Sunday. With the leverage of No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, the Chiefs aren't in a hurry to hand out the $50 million-plus contract Albert is seeking.
» Jairus Byrd, S ($6.9 million): Byrd is hamstrung by the tagability, if you will, of safeties. He doesn't want to play under the tender, but the Buffalo Bills don't want to pay him Eric Weddle-type guaranteed money when they can tag him at a much lower number. This situation could linger well into training camp and preseason.
UPDATE: Johnson will play on his one-year tender, a source told Breer.
UPDATE:Melton told Vaguhn McClure of the Chicago Tribune on Monday that he won't get a new contract and will play under the one-year franchise tag this season.