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montrose
02-26-2009, 10:12 AM
Sirius NFL Radio is reporting that many of the 2nd tier Free Agents may take some time to sign this offseason as teams are expected to be much more frugal with their cash-on-hand heading into next year's uncapped year and upcoming CBA negotiations.

One example is Derrick Ward who was seeking $4 million a season at the combine and apparently was hearing that teams were looking at him under $2 million per season. Obviously it only takes two teams to drive up a bidding war, but it's expected we'll begin to see more of a drastic difference between the league's top players and 2nd tier players to balance things out. Because of this, players are expected to shop themselves more and visit several teams as it's unlikely many of these "middle-class" players will be selecting their new team based on money but rather for the better fit on the team.

So don't expect to see the transaction-wire going nuts this weekend as it may take some time for free agency to really shake out.

Kaylore
02-26-2009, 10:18 AM
One of the issues will be contracts that account for a new CBA, an uncapped year and a potential lock-out. There will probably be contingency clauses that dictate where the contract goes in all three cases. An uncapped year will mean less spending money for everyone. When players see this they will perhaps be more willing to bend a bit when the new CBA comes up for a vote.

chaz
02-26-2009, 10:38 AM
If this is true, this would be great. We have a lot of talent with a few empty pieces for these guys to come and fit into... I think based on franchise and "fit" Denver is a very attractive option for a lot of guys so it would be nice not to get into huge bidding wars.

SonOfLe-loLang
02-26-2009, 10:39 AM
Sirius NFL Radio is reporting that many of the 2nd tier Free Agents may take some time to sign this offseason as teams are expected to be much more frugal with their cash-on-hand heading into next year's uncapped year and upcoming CBA negotiations.

One example is Derrick Ward who was seeking $4 million a season at the combine and apparently was hearing that teams were looking at him under $2 million per season. Obviously it only takes two teams to drive up a bidding war, but it's expected we'll begin to see more of a drastic difference between the league's top players and 2nd tier players to balance things out. Because of this, players are expected to shop themselves more and visit several teams as it's unlikely many of these "middle-class" players will be selecting their new team based on money but rather for the better fit on the team.

So don't expect to see the transaction-wire going nuts this weekend as it may take some time for free agency to really shake out.

Not surprising. This is what happened in baseball as well and there are STILL some good baseball players that haven't sign and we're already playing spring training games. A lot of guys expecting multi-year deals for high salaries have been settling for much less. Some of these mid level free agents looking for a big payday are in for a rude awakening. That said, i assume the top tier free agents will still get their money.

gyldenlove
02-26-2009, 11:02 AM
Sirius NFL Radio is reporting that many of the 2nd tier Free Agents may take some time to sign this offseason as teams are expected to be much more frugal with their cash-on-hand heading into next year's uncapped year and upcoming CBA negotiations.

One example is Derrick Ward who was seeking $4 million a season at the combine and apparently was hearing that teams were looking at him under $2 million per season. Obviously it only takes two teams to drive up a bidding war, but it's expected we'll begin to see more of a drastic difference between the league's top players and 2nd tier players to balance things out. Because of this, players are expected to shop themselves more and visit several teams as it's unlikely many of these "middle-class" players will be selecting their new team based on money but rather for the better fit on the team.

So don't expect to see the transaction-wire going nuts this weekend as it may take some time for free agency to really shake out.


Incorrect, it only takes the Oakland Raiders to drive up a bidding war, they have perfected the strategy of outbidding themselves.

I do love the journalistic research that must have gone into this. I wonder if they based it on what happens every year, a few big contracts gets doled out very quickly and then the market settles in and most of the free agents who are in that low ranked starter, top backup bracket get deals over the next 4 weeks. I wonder how long it took to figure that out.

BroncoMan4ever
02-26-2009, 01:59 PM
it still won't surprise me if there are a bunch of signings over the weekend.