Agent Doug Hendrickson said the Giants and franchise-tagged DE Jason Pierre-Paul are "nowhere near a deal."
Hendrickson might just be attempting to gain some leverage in negotiations, but the decision to officially tag Pierre-Paul with two days left before the deadline suggests a deal is not imminent. With the franchise tag for defensive ends set to cost around $17 million, the Giants obviously would like to work out a long-term deal prior to the start of free agency to free up some cap space and improve their flexibility, but it sounds like they are facing a steep climb to get the deal done before next week.
Bucs tendered exclusive rights free agent WR Adam Humphries.
They also tendered CB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton, and WR Freddie Martino. All four have to accept the tendered offer or sit out 2017. Undrafted out of Clemson, Humphries has 82 catches for 882 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Bucs working primarily out of the slot. Even with Tampa Bay looking to upgrade the receiver corps, he should win a roster spot in camp.
Chargers assigned the franchise tag to OLB Melvin Ingram.
The tag is projected to cost around $14.5 million, which is a prohibitive number for a team with limited cap space and a long list of free agents, but Ingram has proven to be one of the top pass rushers in the league over the last couple seasons after an injury-marred start to his career. He would have landed a massive deal on the open market, and keeping him with Joey Bosa gives LA a dynamic pass-rushing duo. The Chargers will certainly do their best to work out a long-term and more cap-friendly deal before free agency opens next week.
Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said Alex Smith will "be our starter going into 2017."
Hunt has now joined coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey in standing behind Smith as the starting quarterback moving forward. The Chiefs' seemingly clear intention to stick with Smith has done nothing to tamp down the chatter, however, and they will likely continue to be linked with Tony Romo until he lands with a new team.
In an interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, impending free agent Geno Smith (ACL) said he would be "fine" with a backup role.
Smith made it clear his goal is to be a starter, but he is willing to "start from the bottom" and "climb [his] way back to the top" if necessary. He also did not rule out a return to the Jets, saying "all possibilities are on the table." Smith is currently recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in late October, but he expects to be ready for training camp. Where that camp will be is a question which should be answered in the next several weeks.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are making a "strong push" to re-sign impending free agent SS Eric Berry before Wednesday's franchise tag deadline.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides are working to make Berry the highest-paid safety in the league, an honor currently held by Tyrann Mathieu at just over $12.5 million a year. The Chiefs are expected to tag Berry if they cannot reach a long-term agreement, but they would certainly like to avoid that outcome considering the All-Pro has on multiple occasions said he will not play another season under the tag. Locking up Berry would also allow Kansas City to use the tag on one of their other free agents, likely NT Dontari Poe.