New England Patriots

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots offensive guard Joe Thuney (62) gets ready before the snap against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Patriots are not expected to reach a long-term agreement with guard Joe Thuney by Wednesday’s deadline.

The Patriots signed the All-Pro guard to the franchise tag back in March, and at the time the indication was the team hoped to sign the 27-year-old to a multi-year extension.

$14.78 million is the cap hit for a franchised guard in 2020, a number the Patriots would likely liked to have spread out over multiple years. Instead, it looks like the team will carry that contract through the upcoming season, unless Thuney is traded.

The official deadline for franchise tagged players to sign extensions is 4 p.m. eastern, so if things are going to change they would have to change quickly.

If Thuney’s tag deal remains in place, the Patriots find themselves with just under $8 million in cap space. The team did receive some cap relief last week in settlements related to the contracts of Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez.

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