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Lord Helmet
02-19-2008, 07:29 PM
Nothing unexpected here, disappointed we couldn't hammer out a deal with him, but can't we continue contract extension talks during the season or before?




Unable to reach long-term deal, Colts franchise tag Clark

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3253867

By John Clayton
ESPN.com


After failing to reach a long-term agreement with Dallas Clark (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6360), the Indianapolis Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind) placed the franchise tag on their tight end on Tuesday.

Negotiations with Clark, whose contract voided after the 2007 season, heated up toward the end of the season, but without resolution. The Colts instead reached agreement on a five-year, $37.5 million contract with safety Bob Sanders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6803), the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Talks with Clark resumed in the past week, but with no deal in sight, the Colts felt it necessary to designate him as their franchise player.


The one-year franchise tender for a tight end is $4.522 million. If any team tries to sign him, they would have to surrender two first-round draft choices, which is unlikely. Clark is the second tight end to be franchised this offseason. The Eagles did the same with L.J. Smith (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6397).


The Colts and Clark have until mid-July to try to reach a long-term deal. With the franchising of Clark, six players have been given the franchise designation before Thursday's deadline. Any team wishing to franchise or transition a player has to record that transaction by 4 p.m. ET Thursday.



Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

Erik
02-20-2008, 05:56 AM
Nothing unexpected here, disappointed we couldn't hammer out a deal with him, but can't we continue contract extension talks during the season or before?




Unable to reach long-term deal, Colts franchise tag Clark

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3253867

By John Clayton
ESPN.com


After failing to reach a long-term agreement with Dallas Clark (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6360), the Indianapolis Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind) placed the franchise tag on their tight end on Tuesday.

Negotiations with Clark, whose contract voided after the 2007 season, heated up toward the end of the season, but without resolution. The Colts instead reached agreement on a five-year, $37.5 million contract with safety Bob Sanders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6803), the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Talks with Clark resumed in the past week, but with no deal in sight, the Colts felt it necessary to designate him as their franchise player.


The one-year franchise tender for a tight end is $4.522 million. If any team tries to sign him, they would have to surrender two first-round draft choices, which is unlikely. Clark is the second tight end to be franchised this offseason. The Eagles did the same with L.J. Smith (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6397).


The Colts and Clark have until mid-July to try to reach a long-term deal. With the franchising of Clark, six players have been given the franchise designation before Thursday's deadline. Any team wishing to franchise or transition a player has to record that transaction by 4 p.m. ET Thursday.



Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
Think Miami would do that to get Clark? Or are they looking to soley get multiple picks for their #1?

btowncolt
02-20-2008, 10:31 AM
Think Miami would do that to get Clark? Or are they looking to soley get multiple picks for their #1?

Are you asking if Miami would surrender the #1 overall pick, and a likely Top 10 pick next year, to sign an above average TE?

idioteque
02-20-2008, 11:18 AM
Parcells is trying to rebuild in Miami, and giving up two draft picks for a tight end isn't the right way to go about that, to say the least.

Moses
02-20-2008, 12:07 PM
Think Miami would do that to get Clark? Or are they looking to soley get multiple picks for their #1?
Draft picks are a funny thing. There is not a single player in the league who is valuable enough to fetch the #1 overall pick in the draft. Some teams might do it for a franchise QB like Brady or Manning..but most probably wouldn't even do that. Somehow, it's gotten to the point that draft picks are worth more then sure fire players.

Clark would fetch a late 2nd early 3rd round pick at the very best...not because he isn't good, that's just how it is in the NFL.

tdubb03
02-20-2008, 03:37 PM
Ryan Lilja was also re-signed, with terms not disclosed.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3254479
(2nd to last paragraph)

So if I'm not mistaken that leaves Jake Scott and Josh Thomas as our only FAs who saw the field last season.

Erik
02-20-2008, 03:45 PM
Draft picks are a funny thing. There is not a single player in the league who is valuable enough to fetch the #1 overall pick in the draft. Some teams might do it for a franchise QB like Brady or Manning..but most probably wouldn't even do that. Somehow, it's gotten to the point that draft picks are worth more then sure fire players.

Clark would fetch a late 2nd early 3rd round pick at the very best...not because he isn't good, that's just how it is in the NFL.That makes sense, I saw that they were shopping the number one and an "experts" reasoning was that it wasn't all that great of a draft and they should try to
move the pick for multiples or a good player.

Raoul Duke
02-20-2008, 06:21 PM
One day later, he just got signed to a 6 year deal!