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Old 03-08-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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just hoping someone can fill me in on something i've been thinkin about lately.

ok, lets say BM signs an offer sheet with some other team.....then the broncos offer a better deal to sign him, so they dont lose him. does he have to sign with the broncos or can he stick it up the broncos ass and sign with the other team anyways?

kinda thinking of the bengals.....what if they do offer him and he signs....then we offer him more, so we dont "give away" BM for a low first rounder. is he obligated to sign with the broncos because they countered the offer, or can he sign with the bengals anyway?

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Old 03-08-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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just hoping someone can fill me in on something i've been thinkin about lately.

ok, lets say BM signs an offer sheet with some other team.....then the broncos offer a better deal to sign him, so they dont lose him. does he have to sign with the broncos or can he stick it up the broncos ass and sign with the other team anyways?

kinda thinking of the bengals.....what if they do offer him and he signs....then we offer him more, so we dont "give away" BM for a low first rounder. is he obligated to sign with the broncos because they countered the offer, or can he sign with the bengals anyway?

thanks in advance to all that reply.
Broncos have the right of first refusal. If we match the offer, he has to either play for us or sit out. He can't sign any other offer sheets.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:22 PM   #3
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If he signs an offer sheet, the Broncos can match and he stays with the team but at the deal negotiated woth that other team. He could play, hold out, hold his breath, kick a few footballs, beat up his fiance, or whatever, but he would be a Bronco unless the Broncos subsequently traded him.....
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:25 PM   #4
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If he signs an offer sheet, the Broncos can match and he stays with the team but at the deal negotiated woth that other team. He could play, hold out, hold his breath, kick a few footballs, beat up his fiance, or whatever, but he would be a Bronco unless the Broncos subsequently traded him.....
You have to think if he agrees to a deal with another team and we match it, he would be glad to play with us for that same contract, right? If not, you can pretty much kiss all his current bronco fans goodbye.
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Pokenation, if Marshall or any other RFA signs an offer sheet and the original team (the Broncos) choose to match - the player automatically comes back to that team under the terms of the offer sheet. There's no need to provide a counter offer.

For example if Seattle signs Marshall to an offer sheet with a 6 year deal for $60 million with a $20 million signing bonus, and the Broncos match, the Broncos would automatically resign Marshall to a 6 year deal for $60 million with a $20 million signing bonus.

So if a RFA signs an offer sheet anywhere, he'd better be prepared for the possiblity of returning to his original team under those exact terms (see David Anderson signing an offer sheet with the Broncos last year and it being matched by the Texans).

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Old 03-08-2010, 12:41 PM   #6
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hey thanks for all the replys....i know that we could MATCH the offer from team X.. i was just unsure if he had to (by rules) sign with us if we did match or if he could chose between the two.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:46 PM   #7
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just hoping someone can fill me in on something i've been thinkin about lately.

ok, lets say BM signs an offer sheet with some other team.....then the broncos offer a better deal to sign him, so they dont lose him. does he have to sign with the broncos or can he stick it up the broncos ass and sign with the other team anyways?

kinda thinking of the bengals.....what if they do offer him and he signs....then we offer him more, so we dont "give away" BM for a low first rounder. is he obligated to sign with the broncos because they countered the offer, or can he sign with the bengals anyway?

thanks in advance to all that reply.
The offer sheet he signs with another team is for a contract. If Denver matches it, he has a new contract with the Denver Broncos. He is no longer a RFA, he is then a member of the Denver Broncos under the terms of that contract (3,4,5 years, whatever it is). Case closed.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:48 PM   #8
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i was just unsure if he had to (by rules) sign with us if we did match or if he could chose between the two.
He does.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:47 PM   #10
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You have to think if he agrees to a deal with another team and we match it, he would be glad to play with us for that same contract, right?
I can think of at least one scenario where he wouldn't be happy.

Marshall signs offer sheet with Seahawks.
Broncos match.
Later that day, Cincy comes up with a "better" offer sheet.

I assume this would be a case of "sorry Cincy, you were too late to the dance", but someone can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong and the Broncos would then have to match that 2nd "better" offer.

I could see Marshall coming back and getting p*ssed at the Broncos if he had to accept their offer which was technically not "market value" even though he signed it.
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