But if we do lock them both up, it's not going to be before March 3. Even if the franchise tag is just temporary until a deal can be reached, I fully expect one of them to get it. Whether or not we agree with the decision to franchise one of them ins't the point. It's most likely going to happen.
I completely disagree that Mack and BDLP are similar players. Mack is far superior and will get a much larger contract than BDLP. Mack is certainly better, but he's just not someone I see us dropping a ton of money on when someone like BDLP can be had for cheaper with an additional FA thrown in. Mack is a pipe dream. It's not going to happen.
I wouldn't say probably. I'm fairly optimistic regarding Monroe. I haven't seen actual sources in article, but I saw a tweet earlier saying that Daryl may be locked up in the next day or two. That gives me hope that the Monroe deal is going well. I think if one is more likely to get tagged, it would be Monroe, but hopefully we don't have to go that route. Regarding Pitta, I don't think the organization is going to break the bank on the tag. He's going to be 29, he's not a top five tight end for sure, and if he challenges for the receiver designation (even if a hybrid is settled on) that's just overpaying him even more. I don't think Pitta will he franchised just because players like Graham, Casey, and Daniels succeeded with Kubiak and it's not unreasonable to think Juice could play a decent sized role and that maybe Graham comes here. Let's also not rule out the draft because of some talented tight ends. Hell, I think even Ed Dickson could be serviceable in Kubiak's system. If one is going to be tagged, my money would be on Monroe, but I'm even iffy on that.
You're making it seem like BDLP is just some scrub, which he isn't. He's a good center. If Alex Mack is tier one, I'd put BDLP in tier two at the worst. He's not as consistent as Mack, but he is pretty solid. I also wouldn't rule anything out of the picture. How do we know that Mack isn't going to want to join a stable organization that has a history of winning? He's been with a cellar dweller for his entire career and he may want to move on and taste the playoffs. Did you picture us getting Elvis Dumervil after he got cut?