Tennessee Titans tight end Bo Scaife will play under the one-year, $4.46 million tender offer he signed earlier this off-season.
Scaife will be obligated to play under the deal as the deadline for working out a long-term extension passed without a new contract being negotiated.
A Titans spokesman confirmed that no new deal had been completed. Efforts to reach Scaife’s agents, Kevin Robinson and Tom Mills, were unsuccessful on Wednesday.
Scaife led the Titans with 58 receptions last season, accounting for 561 yards and two touchdowns.
Scaife, a sixth-round pick out of the University of Texas in 2005, was given the franchise tag in February, and negotiations on a long-term deal are believed to have not progressed very far in terms of an extension.
The Titans also drafted another receiving type tight end in this year’s draft, selecting Jared Cook of South Carolina in the third round.
The passing of the deadline means that no new negotiations on a long-term contract for Scaife can take place between now and the end of the upcoming regular season.
Scaife’s status after the season also could be up in the air. If a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, he could become an unrestricted free agent next off season (if he is not franchised again). However, if no agreement is reached on a new CBA, Scaife, entering his fifth NFL season, would only be a restricted free agent.