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Falcons bring back Verron Haynes

The Atlanta Falcons have completed the reverse “catch-and-release” move regarding veteran running back Verron Haynes.

The Falcons cut Haynes on Saturday.  And they have announced that he has been re-signed Monday.

The move was undoubtedly done for one reason — to avoid Haynes’ base salary from becoming essentially guaranteed in 2009.

Here’s how it works.  Any player with four or more years of service who is on a Week One roster and thereafter is cut may elect to take the balance of his salary as termination pay. 

It’s a benefit that’s available to every player once and only once in his career.

But the benefit often ends up being a detriment, causing guys like Haynes to lose a game check so that the team won’t have to give him all 17 of them if they decided in early October or thereabouts to cut him loose.

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6 Responses to “Falcons bring back Verron Haynes”
  1. D.R.Universal says: Sep 14, 2009 2:24 PM

    THIS is news???

  2. tian says: Sep 14, 2009 2:38 PM

    I would have seen Thomas Brown come back, but perhaps the practice squad would be better for his career.

  3. Hap says: Sep 14, 2009 3:06 PM

    Seems like that would be illegal.

  4. Anarcho Purplism says: Sep 14, 2009 3:30 PM

    What quality of players does this effect?
    What % of the players fit this category?
    I presume this issue is only for players on the bubble of making a roster or “we could take or leave ya”. If a team is more concerned about guaranteeing payment for a season of work, rather than risk them being signed by another team….probably effects less than 5% of players.

  5. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 14, 2009 3:45 PM

    Being thrifty is nifty.

  6. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 14, 2009 4:12 PM

    Ah, the NFL equivalent of dumping your girlfriend right before Christmas, so you don’t have to buy her a present.

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