By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Despite four months of time to negotiate, the Patriots and Joe Thuney failed to reach an extension by Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline for players signed to a franchise tag.
NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reported around noon on Wednesday that a deal was unlikely.
The Patriots placed the tag on Thuney back on March 16, and the All-Pro guard signed it four days later. Since then, the two sides have reportedly been trying to reach a ‘long-term extension.’ This means Thuney will play the 2020 season with a $14.78 million cap number, and cannot sign any kind of extension with the Patriots until the end of the 2020 league year.
Bill Belichick could still attempt to trade Thuney, but given the massive cap hit and one-year nature of the contract, it’s unlikely any team would pay a high price for such an expensive rental player.
Thuney was drafted in the third round, 78th overall by the Patriots in 2016 out of North Carolina State. He has started every game, regular season and playoffs, since his rookie year. No Patriots player has played more snaps than Thuney since he was drafted (4,507).