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Deadlines and Deals: History of Chiefs Franchise Players

Posted Jul 15, 2012

The deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals is Monday at 3 PM (CST)

Dwayne Bowe and the Chiefs are not alone. The franchise tag deadline is looming in Kansas City and 11 other NFL cities.

So far, only nine of the league’s 21 franchise players have signed long-term deals. Saints quarterback Drew Brees kicked off the weekend, inking a spectacular five-year extension on Friday that includes a reported $40 million guaranteed in 2012.

Raiders safety Tyvon Branch is the most recent, inking a reported four-year deal worth $17.6 million in guaranteed money on Saturday morning. He had previously signed his one-year franchise tender worth $6.212 million in 2012.

The deadline to sign franchised players to long-term extensions is Monday at 3:00 PM (CST). After that, a multi-year deal can’t be revisited until after the regular season. If a new deal isn’t done by July 16th, attention in Kansas City will turn to Bowe signing a one-year franchise tender valued at $9.5 million.

On March 5th, Bowe became just the seventh player in Chiefs history to receive the franchise tag. Since then, both parties have kept the state of negotiations close to the vest.

Kansas City has historically kept its franchise players in town one way or another. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali was the most recent, signing a long-term deal with the team shortly after the NFL Lockout lifted last summer.

Though it hasn’t always been without drama, the Chiefs usually come to terms with their holdouts. Five of the six franchised players preceding Bowe eventually received a long-term deal. Jared Allen was the lone exception, traded to the Vikings for draft picks used to acquire offensive tackle Branden Albert, running back Jamaal Charles and safety DaJuan Morgan in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Chiefs franchise tag history:

Year

Player

Result

1993

DE Neil Smith

signed new deal w/ KC after preseason holdout

1998

DE Dan Williams

sat out entire '98 season

signed long-term deal w/ KC in '99

2000

G Will Shields

played '00 season under franchise tender

signed long-term deal w/ KC in '01

2002

TE Tony Gonzalez

signed  tender after camp holdout

 signed long-term deal w/KC during '02 season

2008

DE Jared Allen

traded to Minnesota before '08 draft

2011

OLB Tamba Hali

signed long-term deal w/ KC before '11 season

2012

WR Dwayne Bowe

???

And here’s how each of the five franchised players performed in Kansas City after receiving long-term deals:

Year

Player

Production

1993

DE Neil Smith

career-high 15.0 sacks in '93

1999

DE Dan Williams

career ended two seasons later b/c of injury

2001

G Will Shields

Pro Bowls throughout remainder of career

2002

TE Tony Gonzalez

2002-08: 582 rec. for 6,982 yards w/ 46 TDs

2011

OLB Tamba Hali

Pro Bowl in 2011

The current status of the league’s 21 franchised players (as of Saturday, July 14th):

Team

Player

Status

Arizona

DE Calais Campbell

***5-year, $55 million extension***

Atlanta

CB Brent Grimes

Signed $10.281 million tender

Baltimore

RB Ray Rice

Unsigned

Chicago

RB Matt Forte

Unsigned

Cincinnati

K Mike Nugent

Signed $2.645 million tender

Cleveland

K Phil Dawson

Signed $3.81 million tender

Dallas

LB Anthony Spencer

Unsigned

Denver

K Matt Prater

***4-year, $13 million extension***

Detroit

DE Cliff Avril

Unsigned

Indianapolis

DE Robert Mathis

***4-year, $36 million extension***

Jacksonville

K Josh Scobee

Unsigned

Kansas City

WR Dwayne Bowe

Unsigned

New England

WR Wes Welker

Signed $9.5 million tender

New Orleans

QB Drew Brees

***5-year, $100 million extension***

N.Y. Giants

P Steve Weatherford

***5-year, $12.75 million extension***

Oakland

S Tyvon Branch

***4-year, $28 million extension***

Philadelphia

WR DeSean Jackson

***5-year, $48 million extension***

San Francisco

S Dashon Goldson

Unsigned

Tampa Bay

K Connor Barth

***4-year, $13.2 million extension***

Tennessee

S Michael Griffin

***5-year, $35 million extension***

Washington

TE Fred Davis

Signed $5.446 million tender