Hunter Henry is confident he will be able to strike an agreement on a new long-term contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.
To stop the 25-year-old from hitting free agency, the Chargers placed the franchise tag on him for 2020 and he has signed that agreement, which is a one-year deal worth around $11million.
A deadline of July 15 is in place for tagged players to agree a long-term extension, a prospect which is high on the agenda for Henry.
"It's definitely a blessing to get the franchise tag," Henry told reporters.
"It only being one year, definitely we're going to try to extend something and get something for a longer term. Definitely would like to do something in that aspect.
"So, hopefully, we can work something out. We're definitely going back and forth. I think all this pandemic stuff has kind of put a lot of that on hold for a while with them going into the draft.
"Hopefully, we can pick it back up and see where we go from there.
"There are other guys that need to be signed too. We'll continue to talk especially as we get closer to the deadline."
Over the past two seasons, Henry has suffered a torn ACL and a fractured knee, but when healthy he has proven to be one of the NFL's best players at his position.
The prospect of holding out and not signing his franchise tag was never an option for Henry, who has caught 17 touchdowns in 41 regular season games.
"I was just ready to sign it," Henry said. "Just with everything going on with this [the coronavirus], and just myself, like I just wasn't a guy that wanted to hold out and kind of do all that.
"I wasn't going to do that. That's just not me. Some guys can do it. It's just not me.
"I'm excited for this team, and I'm excited for going into this new stadium with new jerseys, new look, everything. I have pretty high confidence that we are going to have a season.
"We have four months until games are supposed to start to figure it out. I'm open to playing games without fans for a while, and then hopefully things will get better."
After the departure of quarterback Philip Rivers, Henry will catch passes from Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert, who the team drafted at number six overall this year.