Tags, Terminations Flying Fast

Several players have received the franchise tag in advance of Thursday afternoon's deadline and other players have received their walking players. Here are some of the guys who won't reach the free-agent market and others who will.

  • TE Dallas Clark, who was given the Colts' franchise tag on Tuesday, signed a new six-year deal with the team on Wednesday, according to Colts president Bill Polian. Terms of the deal weren't immediately known.

  • DT Albert Haynesworth was designated as the Titans' franchise player as expected. Haynesworth said earlier this week he wouldn't mind receiving the franchise tag, and the two sides will continue to negotiate on a long-term deal.

  • OT Jordan Gross was designated the Panthers' franchise player. The franchise tag is worth a one-year, $7.455 million tender for Gross as the average of the top five NFL salaries at offensive tackle.

  • DT Corey Williams was designated the Packers' franchise player. He will receive a one-year tender offer of at least $6.363 million, and can continue to negotiate on a long-term contract. As valuable as he's been the last two years as an interior pass rusher, team management doesn't view him as irreplaceable because of the depth at tackle.

  • TE Bubba Franks had his contract terminated by Green Bay. Franks languished through a season in which he lost the top job after seven years, sustained a knee injury in Week 6 that cost him eight games and finished with a career-low 18 catches with three touchdowns. Franks has only 68 receptions and four TDs in the last three seasons, all of which are in the midst of a seven-year, $28 million contract extension he received in 2005.

  • OLB Terrell Suggs was designated the Ravens' franchise player. The one-year tender is $8.065 million, although the two sides can continue to work toward a multi-year deal.

  • OG Ryan Lilja signed a five-year deal worth around $19 million, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

  • S Dwight Smith had his contract terminated by Minnesota. Smith pleaded guilty obstructing traffic earlier this month, although a charge of possessing marijuana was dropped. Smith was cited in December for having a small amount of marijuana in his car outside a Minneapolis strip club.

  • OT Max Starks was designated as the Steelers' transition player.

  • LB Shawn Barber had his contract terminated by Houston.

  • CB Nnamdi Asomugha was designated as the Raiders' exclusive franchise player. Asomugha will be guaranteed at least $9.465 million in 2008.

  • DE Bertrand Berry agreed to a restructured contract that will keep him with the Cardinals. Berry was scheduled to make $4 million next year, the last in a five-year contract.

  • ILB Derek Smith was released by the 49ers. He was due to make $3.28 million next season.

  • C Mike Flanagan had his contract terminated by Houston.

  • TE Jeb Putzier had his contract terminated by Houston.

  • C Drew Hodgdon was waived by Houston.

  • WR Carlton Brewster (released by Broncos 2/13) was added to New Orleans' roster.

  • DT Dek Bake was waived by the Giants.

  • C Todd Londot was waived by the Giants.

  • S Craig Dahl (failed physical) was waived by the Giants.

  • S Artrell Hawkins signed with the Jets. He was out of the league last season, last playing for the Patriots in 2006.

  • LS Ethan Albright re-signed with Washington. Terms were not disclosed.

  • TE Billy Bajema, a restricted free agent, was tendered a contract by the 49ers. Restricted free agents are players who have completed three accrued seasons of service and whose contracts have expired. They have received qualifying offers from their old clubs and will be free to negotiate with any club until April 18, at which time their rights will revert to their original club. If a player accepts an offer from a new club, the old club will have the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the old club elects not to match the offer, that club may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of the qualifying offer made to the player.

  • DT Kenny King (failed physical) had his contract terminated by Baltimore.

  • LB Keith O'Neil (released from reserve/injured with injury settlement by Colts 9/7) was added to the Giants' roster.


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