Posted by Will Brinson
Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET is the deadline to extend players who received franchise tags in the offseason. According to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Solai and Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson won't be joining the number of players who were franchise tagged and also received a long-term extension from their respective clubs.
Reports are beginning to circulate that Ngata could receive a "blockbuster" contract, however.
Solai, Jackson, Ngata and Browns kicker Phil Dawson are the only remaining players who received a franchise tag and who were not given long-term deals.
Given the current timeframe for completing a deal -- roughly two hours -- it seems pretty unlikely that any of the players will actually see big money before the offseason.
Dawson, in his late 30's, wouldn't represent good value for the Browns anyway, and is highly unlikely to get a long-term deal.
Ngata is arguably the Ravens best defensive player, and you can be sure that Ravens want to get him signed to a lengthy contract. They're running short on time, but Aaron Wilson of the Cook County Times reports that the Ravens are "on the verge of striking a blockbuster deal" with Ngata before the 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday.
Jackson's lack of a deal is the least surprising news, given the discord between he and the Chargers during the past several years as A.J. Smith has steadfastly refused to give Jackson big-time money, and Jackson held out for 10 games in 2010.
Though the players would become unrestricted free agents after this year, they're all still eligible to be franchise-tagged for a second consecutive year.
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