Nov 27, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Oakland defeated Chicago 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Franchise tag deadline today; some players look to keep their tag status

The franchise tag deadline is today and negotiating for a long-term contract ends, leaving a group of players with a one-year deal.

The deadline is set for today at 4:00 p.m.(ET) and some players will come down to the wire while others will have to wait for next year to either become a free agent, sign a long-term deal, or become tagged again.

So far the closest player to a deal is reportedly Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.  He seems very positive that deal will come through even if it comes down to the wire.

One player that is surprising for not having a deal done is New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.  Talks between Welker and the Patriots are said to be cold and just not progressing.  He has hinted that he could sit out for training camp.

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is another who could see the tag since his situation mirrors Welker’s.  Avril is reportedly not positive and was quoted as saying he has a “bad vibe” when it come to a long-term deal.

One player that some thought would come down to the wire is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees who signed a 5-year, $100 million contract on Friday.

Reports were that Brees would sit out training camp if he was still tagged causing Saints fans to have “Chicken Little Syndrome” and thing the sky is falling.  Luckily it was just Brees “making it rain” with his new paycheck.

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