Justin Verlander set a deadline. That deadline expired Wednesday.
As of now, all signs seem to indicate the Tigers and Verlander haven't reached an agreement on a long-term extension. Now, it appears both sides will just wait.

Verlander declined to comment when asked if any progress had been made towards an extension, only telling local reporters that he wanted to focus on his Opening Day start.

"I've got no comments on my contract," he said. "I'm one start away from Opening Day and I'd prefer to talk about that."

Verlander was asked to address his contract situation Wednesday after he told CBS Sports last week that he wouldn't engage in contract discussions with the Tigers for the remainder of the season if a deal wasn't worked out prior to his next spring start.

He made those comments five days ago. He made his final spring start Wednesday. The result? He struck out five and worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits.

Asked if he disputed the comments he made to CBS Sports, Verlander said, "No."

If the report is, indeed, accurate and Verlander still has not reached a deal with the Tigers, it appears the club will have to wait until next offseason to continue talks.

That would leave the Tigers with only one calendar year to re-sign Verlander, who has admitted that he his slightly intrigued about the possibility of entering free agency.