Quote Originally Posted by Morehead State View Post
That's not true either. They could negotiate a longterm deal (which is exactly what we did with BJ). But we would have to pay the amount unless another deal was negotiated.
Placing a franchise tag on a player for FA protection vs. the player actually signing the franchise tender contract are two different things. I can't find anywhere that states Brandon Jacobs signed his franchise tender contract. I did find an article that states he wouldn't sign his franchise tender and wanted to wait for the long term deal that he got.
http://www.aolnews.com/2009/02/13/gi...randon-jacobs/

Drew Brees never signed his franchise tender contract last season either before getting his mega deal.

Steve Weatherford never signed his franchise tender contract last season either before getting his long term deal.

http://www.kffl.com/player/14015/NFL/steve-weatherford

Btw, all three players mentioned got more guaranteed signing bonus money in their long term deals than the 1-year franchise tender.
Guaranteed signing bonuses are guaranteed after signature and almost impossible to change. It has to be something stupid like Michael Vick getting arrested for dog fighting and the Falcons had to go to court to get most of the signing bonus money back.