Today is not just a big day for Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwayne Bowe. All the franchise tagged players face a big deadline today. If no longterm deals are struck by 3:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) today, the franchise tagged players must play out the year under the one-year franchise tender.
There are three groups of franchise players -- those who have not signed the tender or a longterm deal, those who have signed the tender but not a longterm deal, and those who have signed a longterm deal.
This is the group Bowe falls in -- has not signed franchise tender and no longterm deal has been reached. Of this group, only a couple of players could end up signing, including Forte, Goldson, Rice and Scobee. The others -- Avril and Bowe -- seem highly unlikely to do a deal. These players will be in the same position next year if they don't reach a longterm deal.
This is the group that has some security having already signed the franchise tender, but no longterm deals have been reached. Welker highlights this list as a signed franchise player, but he and the Patriots aren't close to a longterm deal. Deadlines do have a way of changing people, though.
These guys are all signed, sealed and delivered. Ideally, this is where you want to be -- getting tagged and shortly signing a longterm deal after that.