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Collusion or otherwise, players aren't happy

With most NFL teams taking full advantage of the rules of the uncapped year, specifically as they apply to restricted free agents, discontent seems to be growing among the men who have been blocked from hitting the open market — and who in turn haven’t gotten long-term deal from their current teams.

“This is the worst offseason that I have been associated with since I have been an agent, and this is my 23rd season,” agent Drew Rosenhaus told Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal.  “This has been a terrible offseason for NFL players for the most part.  Collusion or not, the NFL has decided not to be aggressive in signing guys.”

Still, many of the players who received restricted free agency tenders accepted the one-year deals.  As of May 31, only 37 remained unsigned.  Several others have inked their tender offers since then, including players like Cardinals guard Deuce Lutui, Ravens tackle Jared Gaither, Ravens safety Dawan Landry, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall, Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh, Texans tight end Owen Daniels, Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, and Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd.  Of those players, only Colts safety Antoine Bethea received a long-term deal.

The recent rash of signings undoubtedly comes from the looming June 15 deadline, on which date the original tender offers can be cut to 110 percent of the player’s 2009 base pay.  Thus, no one should interpret a player’s decision to take the offer before it reduces as content on the part of the employee.

“Every team in the NFL I can think of has a number of unhappy players,” Rosenhaus told Mullen.  “I don’t think anyone who waits until June to sign a contract because there is a gun to his head is going to be happy.”

Rosenhaus also suggested that unhappiness will manifest itself on the field.  “Players are not machines,” he told Mullen.  “They are human beings and they have emotions and it affects their performance.  When you go to work and you are not happy, you don’t perform as well.”

Thus, over the long haul, the decision not to pay players now could create some major issues down the road.  “The teams think they are getting great deals now because they are getting players at depreciated and devalued levels because of the extra years of restricted free agency,” agent Peter Schaffer told Mullen.  “The reality is those players will become free agents and players don’t have short memories.”

Agent Ben Dogra amplified that point, telling Mullen that when the new labor deal has been finalized, “You will see the biggest free agency class in NFL history.”

At this point, no one knows when that will happen.

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  1. lil_bit_special says: Jun 14, 2010 8:52 AM

    “Players are not machines,” he told Mullen. “They are human beings and they have emotions and it affects their performance. When you go to work and you are not happy, you don’t perform as well.”
    LOL! So they are going to play bad to get a better FA contract! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
    ” agent Peter Schaffer told Mullen. “The reality is those players will become free agents and players don’t have short memories.”
    Hmm.. Lemme guess… The players will go to the team that offers them the best money. And this is different now than the past how???
    Shut up, play football and be thankful you can bitch about being paid only a million dollars.

  2. Omega says: Jun 14, 2010 8:52 AM

    When a contract is up it’s all about the Benjamin’s. Give a guy a contract today and show him a little love and he will still bolt for more cash-o-la when his contract is up.
    Case in point Carlos Boozer.
    The players agreed to this contract … deal

  3. seatofmypants says: Jun 14, 2010 8:52 AM

    If this was truly a news site (which it isn’t) you would have balanced this story by including the difficulty in extending contracts when the 30% rule is in effect.
    The “30% Rule” governs veteran contracts that are entered into in a capped year and extend into the final year of the CBA. The rule states that these contracts cannot have an annual increase of more than 30% of the salary, excluding amounts treated as a signing bonus, provided for in the FINAL CAPPED YEAR.
    This is impacting the ability to enter into long term agreements, more so than anything else.

  4. See Deb's lips move when Ben farts says: Jun 14, 2010 8:53 AM

    Of course they’re not happy! For years, the union leadership has misled the players about what an uncapped year meant. Gene Upshaw promoted the heck out of it and created unrealistic expectations, and he failed his membership by not educating them about the rules that are in place in an uncapped year. They have every right to be unhappy–and the union leadership deserves 100% of the blame for failing its members.

  5. WingT says: Jun 14, 2010 8:54 AM

    Can someone tell me in simple terms, the financial relationship that agents have with their clients?
    On a 1M contract, what does the agent get for his ” hard work”?

  6. lakedog19352 says: Jun 14, 2010 8:58 AM

    “I don’t think anyone who waits until June to sign a contract because there is a gun to his head is going to be happy.”
    Man in this day and age when we have had thousands of military men and women killed in a war overseas and hundreds of police officers killed here in the U.S., I effin HATE when an agent will compare signing a pay cut to 1.5 million per year to having a gun held to their heads.

  7. MosesZD says: Jun 14, 2010 9:05 AM

    What a bunch of crybabies. Free-agency went off with a bang, for the players, in the 1990s because contracts were expiring and clubs didn’t try to extend them, at least at first. In the late 1990’s, and early 00’s, too many clubs were purging quality guys because they over-paid in the early FA rush and hit cap troubles.
    But that didn’t continue. By 2005, virtually every club had its cap and signing strategy in order. Good players are resigned before they hit free agency and most caps are well managed so there are no “veteran purges” like the 49ers, Jaguars and a few others went through.
    Consequently, there just aren’t a lot of good FAs on the market.
    The best true FA QB to sign in the past five years was Drew Brees. And he was coming off rotator cuff surgery and there was no guarantee that he’d last. After him, old-and-worn-out Jeff Garcia…
    And we can go on. Second rate, one-dimensional and over-the-hill players are abundant. But they’re not worth signing at the ridiculous demands their agents put out there.
    And yet, it’s “the clubs” who are fault?
    That’s stupid. It took TIME for clubs to figure out how to manage free-agency. Some clubs, like the Cowboys, Jaguars, Redskins and 49ers were destroyed by their cap-mismanagement and poor free-agency choices. Some have rebuilt. Some have not.
    But to sit there and whine? Chad “no shoulder/injury risk” Pennington was the best FA QB out there. I wouldn’t touch him. A bunch of injured/over-the-hill backs? Draft someone young. The ones that aren’t franchised aren’t worth it. Those that are franchised, aren’t worth two first round picks…
    At WR do you really want “stone hands” TO? He’s 36 and not the explosive play-maker he once was, yet he still remains a locker-room cancer. After him, there was Antonio Bryant and a load of scrubs.
    I could go on, position-by-position, pointing out that there are virtually no starting quality “solution to a problem” players available. A few stop-gaps, but the bottom line is that these aren’t the feeding-frenzy days of Reggie White’s and Ronnie Lott’s hitting FA.

  8. HarrisonHits says: Jun 14, 2010 9:05 AM

    Those players are making plenty of money and the fact that greedbag Rosenslime is the one bitching doesn’t surprise me at all. Of course that walking piece of human greed is upset that he isn’t making the commissions he normally would.
    The players made their choice and bought into that idiot DeSmith to head the union, Smith has done a pathetically horrible job of trying to get a new CBA done and now the players have to live with their mistake.
    Tough. STFU you are still making tons of money and I have zero sympathy for them.

  9. TeHDruiD says: Jun 14, 2010 9:08 AM

    Rosenhaus also suggested that unhappiness will manifest itself on the field. “Players are not machines,” he told Mullen. “They are human beings and they have emotions and it affects their performance. When you go to work and you are not happy, you don’t perform as well.”
    ———————————————–
    That sounds all fine and dandy, but he must of forgot that if his client doesn’t go out and perform well this year he’s not going to make anything next year on the open market.
    If a player doesn’t perform well this year then teams aren’t going to spend the money said player wants. Thus another reason why teams don’t care if the players are upset or not.

  10. darlak says: Jun 14, 2010 9:09 AM

    “At this point, no one knows when that will happen.”
    I DO! I DO! I DO!
    They will get paid very well for playing a game. They will play the game just like they always do, cuz there’s always another contract to play for…..

  11. QJ1984 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:14 AM

    Great. So, this means Jared Gaither and other high profile client of Rosenhuas will now dog it on the field and kill any future value they have. Nice.

  12. Kaz says: Jun 14, 2010 9:18 AM

    I expected it to be a lot more eventful. Especially with the “no salary cap” talk and all. You know, players need to take this up with the Union. They were told this would be a good thing and it wasn’t. They have the power to fix it.

  13. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Jun 14, 2010 9:26 AM

    The threat that the teams will regret this rings hollow.
    1) If the players under-perform on the field, the joke will be on them when they do reach unrestricted free agency and no one wants to pay then because there performance fell off. (also teammates won’t put up with players dogging it on the field, and it is also the easiest way to get hurt in football)
    2) If the players hold grudges against their current teams and refuse to re-sign with them after the new labor deal and they reach unrestricted free agency, that team will just replace the player with a disgruntled player from another team.
    The players (and the agents) should be complaining that for the last couple years they were sold on the idea that an uncapped season would be a great thing for t

  14. Omega says: Jun 14, 2010 9:28 AM

    When a contract is up it’s all about the Benjamin’s. Give a guy a contract today and show him a little love and he will still bolt for more cash-o-la when his contract is up.
    Case in point Carlos Boozer.
    The players agreed to this contract … deal

  15. dlmcc0909 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:34 AM

    Not that I had much respect for the guy to begin with, but to suggest their unhappiness with a contract worth millions will translate into lesser on field performance is disgusting. Were in a reccession, so fans are not going to have any sympathy for that stuff.

  16. SoFlor Steeler says: Jun 14, 2010 9:43 AM

    So over paid players don’t play hard because they don’t like their contract – hmmm – makes me think there will be more roster room for rookies who make less money – that will make owners like Mike Brown very happy. Lower payroll means higher profits which is what the owners have been wanting out of this. I really thought agents like Rosenhaus would be smart enough to see this coming and pressed their clients and the Union to get the best deal they could so they could avoid the uncapped year – no cap also means no floor…

  17. fresno500 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:45 AM

    Just go on strike and get er done.
    This outstanding issue has the potential to adversly color this season.

  18. Mike Daly says: Jun 14, 2010 9:51 AM

    Why should the NFL be aggressive in signing guys, Mr. Rosenhaus? “Collusion or not…..” Uh, why is it only bad if owners do it? If players do it it’s called a union, but if owners work together for the betterment of the sport at their end, it’s called collusion and thus is bad?

  19. DaBigFan says: Jun 14, 2010 9:58 AM

    These “bloodsucking” agents only see situations from their greed based point of view and the players are in lockstep right behind. I can’t believe the “short memory” concept. The only short memory that seems to be in play is how much can I be paid and by whom…this week! Let’s consider BabyAlbert. He signs for $100 million and one (1) year later he is unhappy. So much for players being “happy” when their paid. Maybe the players and the agents should think about joining the real world. If your “unhappy” with what your doing for a living, just quit and look for something else. Yeah right…FatChance.

  20. AllThat says: Jun 14, 2010 10:14 AM

    Blow me Rosenhaus. You are nothing but a scum sucking pig. Someone needs to shove a cell phone up his ass. Then call it repeatedly.

  21. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 14, 2010 10:27 AM

    # AllThat says: June 14, 2010 10:14 AM
    Blow me Rosenhaus. You are nothing but a scum sucking pig. Someone needs to shove a cell phone up his ass. Then call it repeatedly.
    ——————————————————
    We are trying to punish him, not fulfill his fantasies.

  22. 8man says: Jun 14, 2010 10:50 AM

    Rosenhaus is an ass. If I go to work and don’t perform as well, I no longer have a job. Happy or not. Welcome to the real world.
    Well if the players aren’t happy now, imagine how they’ll feel when they get locked out and none of them get paid.
    Hello, Blockbuster Movies!

  23. Bob Nelson says: Jun 14, 2010 10:51 AM

    If they are not happy, perhaps they should have been willing to negotiate a new CBA instead of refusing until “the books are opened.”
    It is their own refusal to bargain that has led to their own unhappiness.

  24. WingT says: Jun 14, 2010 10:53 AM

    Hey florio, how about writing a scathing report on the impact of agents in regards to the NFL – I would love to hear your take on it.
    Also, why is it that these scumbag agents get a free pass from the media?
    What value do agents bring to the NFL?

  25. Ralph says: Jun 14, 2010 11:03 AM

    Couple of issues that have “tainted” this year’s free agency.
    A whole bunch of players that should have been UFA’s are not simply because of the uncapped season rules. They’re the ones that are the most upset and they were dealt a second blow by the 30% salary increase rule. They don’t want to sign a long term contract with their current team without testing the market to see what they can get, and they can’t do that as a RFA.
    The teams at the top of the heap were denied access to UFA’a by the Top 8 rule of the uncapped season. These teams are traditionally just a player or two away from making it back and could be big players in the free agent market but are denied the right to pursue unless they’ve already lost an equal amount of value.
    The player’s union simply did not do their homework on who would fair better in the uncapped season. It seems obvious that everything falls into the owners favor. They can spend as much as they want, but there’s nothing for sale and you can’t give your existing players more than a 30% raise.

  26. Bob S. says: Jun 14, 2010 12:54 PM

    No kidding! There will not only be no football next year but players’ efforts will be minimal. Greedball owners are killing the golden goose!

  27. Calir says: Jun 14, 2010 1:29 PM

    Players get paid quite well these days to play football, new contract or not. Rosenhaus needs to stop the sympathy plea.

  28. texasPHINSfan says: Jun 14, 2010 2:10 PM

    It is really hard to empathize with the players. When the rest of the country saw 10% unemployment, decreasing salaries, and other economic downturns, the football players getting paid millions are crying about not getting an extra million or two.
    Give me a break, Rosenhaus. I can’t empathize with you when you’re crying in your Lamborghini.
    The owners have every right to do what they want. It’s supply & demand. The players have been overpaid & overvalued for a long time; like the real estate market, prices are correcting. Take it on the chin like the rest of us and stop being a whiny little spoiled brat.

  29. edgy1957 says: Jun 14, 2010 7:02 PM

    seatofmypants says:
    If this was truly a news site (which it isn’t) you
    ***************************
    If you were truly a reader, you’d have seen that they HAVE done stories on that, including ones that show that this premise is horse crap and that the teams can get around it, if they want but they won’t because that would defeat the purpose of the rule.

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