That leaves 13 players who might have no choice but to play out the season under their one-year tenders, assuming they can't sign a new contract ahead of Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, only two or three players other than Brees are expected to secure multiyear extensions.
One of those players is Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch, who has already signed his $6.212 million tender (UPDATE: Branch agreed to a four-year, $26.6 million deal with the Raiders on Saturday). The other player La Canfora mentioned, surprisingly, is Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who has not signed his $7.742 million tender and skipped the team's offseason program. "Considerable progress" between the two sides has been made, according to La Canfora's report.
Handicapping the other 11
Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons cornerback. The franchise tag for him is worth $10.281 million. An extension would help the Falcons, who, at last check, have less than $3 million in salary-cap room remaining. That said, a deal does not appear imminent, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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Wes Welker, New England Patriots wide receiver. He has signed his tender and, despite a reported $6 million gap in guaranteed money, La Canfora put the odds of a deal being signed this weekend at 50/50.
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers safety. He has not yet signed his $6.212 million tender. Goldson turned down a $5 million-per-year extension after last year's lockout before returning on a one-year, $2 million deal and going to the Pro Bowl. Goldson's trip to Hawaii last season probably won't be enough to get the 49ers to up their offer to $7 million per year, which would match the deal that former franchised safety Michael Griffin received from the Tennessee Titans.
Though Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth and Denver Broncos kicker Matt Pratereach signed similar four-year deals recently, franchised kickers Mike Nugent (Cincinnati Bengals), Phil Dawson (Cleveland Browns) and Josh Scobee (Jacksonville Jaguars) do not appear to be any closer to extensions of their own. Scobee has yet to sign his tender, though Nugent and Dawson have signed theirs.