CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers gave it one last shot, but couldn't reach a long-term contract agreement with right tackle Jordan Gross on Tuesday.
As a result, he'll be designated the team's franchise player today.
"We weren't able to get a contract done today, so we'll put the tag on him tomorrow," Hurney said Tuesday, after landing in Indianapolis for this week's Scouting Combine.
The decision came after a last-ditch negotiating session with agent Ethan Lock, which didn't yield enough progress to continue today. The deadline to tag players is Thursday.
Gross will get a one-year deal worth $7.455 million, the average of the top five contracts at his position last year. As good as that sounds, he'd gain more guaranteed money with a long-term deal, while the team would gain financial flexibility by cutting his 2008 salary cap charge in half or more.
It keeps both their tackles from last year out of the free agent market, which opens Feb. 29. They previously signed Travelle Wharton to a six-year, $35 million deal.
Also Tuesday, former Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan visited New Orleans. He was released last week, but has continued to work out to play again this season.