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Cowboys, Giants can sign vested veterans without guaranteeing salaries

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One of the benefits of playing in the first game of the regular season is that the two teams who get their Week One contests out of the way early have dibs on signing vested veterans without having to essentially guarantee their full salaries.

Under the termination pay provision of the labor deal, any player with four or more years of service is eligible to receive — once in their career — their full salary for the balance of the season, if the player if on a roster at the start of the season.  After Week One, the entitlement to termination pay shrinks dramatically.

Because the Cowboys and Giants have played their opening games, they can now sign those vested veterans without potentially owing them the full balance of their base salary.

That dynamic works against the teams play on Monday night, with the Bengals, Ravens, Chargers, and Raiders not able to avoid the possible full-season obligation until Monday night.

So with the Giants possibly needing defensive backs and the Cowboys possibly needing offensive.

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13 Responses to “Cowboys, Giants can sign vested veterans without guaranteeing salaries”
  1. eaglesw00t says: Sep 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    I thought it specifically stated at the completion of week 1, and not at the completion of your week 1 game.

  2. mjbulls45 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:50 PM

    dont matter

    raiders on monday night football vs san diego ,

    entire west coast tuned in monday night

    berman announcing the game

    win-win

  3. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 6, 2012 2:54 PM

    Please sign some decent corners, PLEASE!!

  4. ericchasesucksattheinternet says: Sep 6, 2012 2:55 PM

    The Giants will need to sign those guys, based on how they played against the Cowboys. Ask me how I know…I’m Eric Chase and I suck at the Internet.

  5. Jason says: Sep 6, 2012 2:57 PM

    Who is available that is worth the risk?

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 6, 2012 3:04 PM

    Was this rushed or what? Looks like you didn’t even finish the story.

  7. stynzerman says: Sep 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    How is that fair to the rest of the league? If this is true than its just plain stupidity.

  8. moturnovers24 says: Sep 6, 2012 3:20 PM

    Please jerry bring in Dan koppen

  9. judsonjr says: Sep 6, 2012 3:28 PM

    The thing is player agents will already know if there is a demand for their guy following week 1. If a half dozen teams want a guy, he isn’t going to rush to sign with one of these teams unless it is a good fit.

    Maybe there is a tiny advantage, but seems negligible.

  10. baddegg says: Sep 6, 2012 3:28 PM

    John Mara says this presents no unfair competitive advantage.

  11. jpb12 says: Sep 6, 2012 3:31 PM

    Small benefit of being a defending super bowl champion. That and the #32 pick in the draft.
    Who apparently can’t hang onto the ball.

  12. waitingguilty says: Sep 6, 2012 4:43 PM

    I’m not even sure where to look this up but I swear I heard that all VV contracts expme guaranteed on Saturday 9/8…but since Mara is involved I guess anything is possible.

  13. jcg23 says: Sep 7, 2012 12:55 AM

    Cowboys had 4 days less practice time than anyone else in the league before their first game. And it showed…

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