The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals came and went on Friday at 4 p.m. ET without Gesicki or Schultz -- or Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown and Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates -- working out a contract extension with their respective clubs. The two tight ends will earn $10.9 million on the tag in the upcoming season.
Neither was expected to work out a new deal.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Gesicki and the Dolphins had really had no conversations as of late.
The Cowboys and Schultz never got on the same page regarding a new deal, but both were OK with Schultz playing the upcoming season on the tag, Rapoport reported.
In total, eight players had the franchise tag applied in 2022. Davante Adams was traded from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders, who signed him to a lucrative extension, whereas Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin and Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku each signed extensions. Bates, Brown, Gesicki and Schultz will have to wait another year for a chance at a lucrative, multi-year contract.