"Today was the league's deadline to designate a franchise player and we felt it was in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs to place the tag on Dwayne," said General Manager Scott Pioli.
Nowhere in that statement does it say anything about the two sides working on a longterm contract. I bring this up because of how it looks when you compare it to the statement the Chiefs issued last year when announcing Tamba Hali had received the franchise tag:
"Tamba is a key contributor to our football team, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for him both personally and professionally,
" General Manager Scott Pioli said. "We want Tamba to remain a member of the Chiefs, and we will continue to work together with the hope of reaching a long-term agreement."