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Vikings, Saints will get first crack at unsigned vested veterans

Every year, a cluster of vested veterans (i.e., players with four or more years of service) are unsigned before Week One because the base salary of every vested veteran who appears on a Week One roster becomes, as a practical matter, guaranteed.  After Week One, some of those players are signed, since their base salaries at that point aren’t guaranteed.

But the race to sign them doesn’t begin when the last game of Week One has concluded.  It starts when each team has concluded its first game of the season.  This gives the teams that play on Thursday night a head start of more than two-and-a-half days to get those players under contract.

In all fairness, the trigger should be the same for all teams.  But two teams won’t be complaining about it this year, if they’re hoping to sign one or more of those available vested veterans — the Vikings and the Saints.

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35 Responses to “Vikings, Saints will get first crack at unsigned vested veterans”
  1. Topher says: Sep 9, 2010 7:23 AM

    Any team is free to sign those players. The disequality is financial and not competitive.

  2. mulda71 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:39 AM

    yah that’s crap. they should fix that.

  3. turbodog says: Sep 9, 2010 7:40 AM

    Who Dat Baby…Come play for the World Champions!!!

  4. yourwhathurts? says: Sep 9, 2010 7:43 AM

    So… who are some of the better vested vetrens out there?

  5. toddm6d says: Sep 9, 2010 7:46 AM

    Might help if you named some names.
    A little healthy speculation.
    just sayin’.

  6. patpatriotagain says: Sep 9, 2010 7:47 AM

    yeah, cause those unsigned vested veterans are really that good.

  7. NoRingsForYou says: Sep 9, 2010 7:57 AM

    This might be too logical, but why don’t they wait until after all week one games are complete?

  8. se18a29 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:58 AM

    Saints coach is passing out free pain pills to the first 100 fans before the start of the game…

  9. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Sep 9, 2010 7:59 AM

    This is not Detroit, man! This is the Super Bowl!

  10. Deegizzle says: Sep 9, 2010 8:16 AM

    Two things:
    1. Is it really that big of a competetive disadvantage that those two teams can sign players who are still in the free agent pool this late in the game to a non-guaranteed 1-year minimal contract as opposed to a guaranteed 1-year minimal contract?
    2. I am willing to bet at LEAST 75% of the free agents that get signed after week 1 already know their destinations and have handshake deals in place with their respective teams.
    This is a non-story.

  11. jwstick says: Sep 9, 2010 8:16 AM

    Saints will crush the girly Vikes tonight! It’s not even gonna be close. It may just be Lord Favre’s last game ever. He will get some MORE remember-me shots tonight in the Superdome, home of the World Champion New Orleans Saints!

  12. AtTheMurph says: Sep 9, 2010 8:22 AM

    Topher says:
    September 9, 2010 7:23 AM
    “Any team is free to sign those players. The disequality is financial and not competitive.”
    So what you are saying is that it is unequal.

  13. AttackRaven says: Sep 9, 2010 8:25 AM

    Adalius Thomas is one that’s still out there…as well as Kevin Moweeee.

  14. INTENSEG says: Sep 9, 2010 8:30 AM

    Well, a list would be nice.

  15. Anarcho Purplism says: Sep 9, 2010 8:52 AM

    Any team is free to sign them right now……….

  16. JimmySmith says: Sep 9, 2010 9:13 AM

    Unless one of them is a CB or can start at left tackle, I don’t see how the Vikings are even interested.

  17. vonsplats says: Sep 9, 2010 9:15 AM

    That sounds fair to me given the fact that none of the elite eight from last years playoffs got to sign any free agents.

  18. FireJerryJones says: Sep 9, 2010 9:22 AM

    Adalius Thomas to the Saints.

  19. JAG880 says: Sep 9, 2010 9:39 AM

    You bring this up every year. Can you give the last time that one of the Thursday night particpants raced out and signed a vested veteran the next day? I doubt it’s happened.

  20. Dolfan34 says: Sep 9, 2010 9:46 AM

    Stupid rule. The NFL needs to change this.

  21. GB ((((DEAD)))) says: Sep 9, 2010 9:49 AM

    Jimmy Smith spent as much time as Rodgers on his back getting drilled by defensive linemen except Jimmy liked it!

  22. Brewdogg says: Sep 9, 2010 10:07 AM

    # jwstick says: September 9, 2010 8:16 AM
    Saints will crush the girly Vikes tonight! It’s not even gonna be close. It may just be Lord Favre’s last game ever. He will get some MORE remember-me shots tonight in the Superdome, home of the World Champion New Orleans Saints!
    ————————————————–
    Yup, there’s the first idiot on this thread…..

  23. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 9, 2010 10:12 AM

    jwstick says:
    September 9, 2010 8:16 AM
    Saints will crush the girly Vikes tonight! It’s not even gonna be close. It may just be Lord Favre’s last game ever. He will get some MORE remember-me shots tonight in the Superdome, home of the World Champion New Orleans Saints!
    ———————–
    What if you end up wrong, what will you say, what will you do?

  24. No Gravy For Sconnies Eats Balls says: Sep 9, 2010 10:26 AM

    Hey Brewdogg, YOU are the biggest idiot on any thread you post on. Unless Gravy or Contra are posting, then you’re third.
    Brewdogg eats balls.

  25. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Sep 9, 2010 10:28 AM

    Brewdogg -
    You calling another person an idiot is about as ironic as it gets.

  26. rocknrollsinger says: Sep 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Mike Clayton to Minnesota!

  27. purpleguy says: Sep 9, 2010 10:35 AM

    Whoopee, the Vikes can beat out the other teams to Javon Walker, Adalius Thomas and all the other washed-up retreads out there. The good thing about this game is the extra 3 days prep the Vikes get for Miami, and not much else.

  28. Bigbluefan says: Sep 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    The viqueens will be looking for A QB after the game as brett will be broken

  29. Saintsarebest says: Sep 9, 2010 11:04 AM

    siants don’t need anyone unless they want to carry water to our world champs.

  30. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Sep 9, 2010 11:16 AM

    Big deal… the bonus for playing the opening game.

  31. SATAN says: Sep 9, 2010 11:27 AM

    What Florio & company should be doing is counting how many of thse veterans sign with the same team that cut them at the 53 man roster day during preseason.

  32. rraider says: Sep 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    if your playing on the 1st thursday night of the season you usually dont have many holes. later in the season after a few injuries these teams may want to pick some of these guys up but week one nah…

  33. TwinCitiesTT says: Sep 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    If you drafted Brees as your fantasy qb. You better grab his backup.. I dont see him getting out of the 1st half alive… ( Allen, Williams Wall Edwards, EJ the FREAK Henderson. Etc Etc.)

  34. RC IV says: Sep 9, 2010 12:42 PM

    No Gravy For Sconnies Eats Balls says:
    September 9, 2010 10:26 AM
    Hey Brewdogg, YOU are the biggest idiot on any thread you post on. Unless Gravy or Contra are posting, then you’re third.
    Brewdogg eats balls.
    bruce campbells chainsaw hand says:
    September 9, 2010 10:28 AM
    Brewdogg -
    You calling another person an idiot is about as ironic as it gets.
    =================================
    Brew:
    I wouldn’t worry about these two cheese turds.
    The 1st one doesn’t know the 1st thing about football.
    The 2nd one is so emotionally wrecked by gravy that he has to stoop to incorporating gravys name into his moniker, just so he can say he eats balls……how pathetic is that? I’m sure he got blasted out of the water by gravy and this is his inane comeback, how original.

  35. Fifty Caliber says: Sep 9, 2010 6:40 PM

    I actually have a list thrown together for you all. It includes players that are under 4 years of service as well.
    http://thesportingreview.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/2010-nfl-unrestricted-free-agents-still-available/

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