Pat McAfee and the Indianapolis are running out of time if they want to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. Teams and players who have been designated with the franchise tag have until Monday to reach terms and, while some sides may agree to a deal, the Colts and McAfee are not expected to be among that group.
According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, McAfee will not be signing anything before the deadline.
What that means is the punter will play the 2013-14 NFL season under his one-year, $2.977 million tender before becoming a free agent again next offseason.
The news really comes as no surprise.
At no point this offseason did the Colts and McAfee engage in any serious talks, despite the numerous franchise records he broke as a specialist last season. McAfee could be a valuable weapon (yes, punters are weapons… and people, too) for the Colts moving forward, but first he will have to prove that he can repeat last year’s success.
If there is any player slapped with the franchise tag that will reach a deal before tomorrow’s deadling, Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady would have to be the most likely.