Once again, players may be pricing themselves out of the market

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Every year, free agency unfolds the same way.

A handful of players get overpaid early.  Along the way, some players and their agents want too much, missing their shot at a windfall and ultimately settling for less than they wanted.

For many, the question ultimately will be whether to do a lesser long-term deal or to accept a modest one-year package in the hopes of trying it all again the following season.

This year, like many years, the feeling in league circles is that players are pricing themselves out of the market.  Which will make it very hard to put a bucket in the initial stream of flowing cash.

In the end, some players will wish they’d accepted the long-term offers that were on the table before free agency began.  Especially if those offers were available last year, before the tax rates in the highest bracket went from 35 percent to 39.6.

14 responses to “Once again, players may be pricing themselves out of the market

  1. As a Texans fan, I hope the Texans can sign DT Richard Seymour and DE John Abraham to 1 year, veteran minimum deals before training camp to make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl.
    The only two people holding the Texans back are Gary Kubiak and Matt Schaub. It is too bad Rick Smith did not wait on that Schaub extension because he could be traded under the non-exclusive franchise tag for some draft picks that could really improve the team plus the Texans would have alot more salary cap space.
    One day, the Texans will listen to my recommendations.

  2. One of the guys in the top 10 will be this year’s Albert Haynesworth: overpaid, underproductive and a locker room cancer!

  3. Especially if those offers were available last year, before the tax rates in the highest bracket went from 35 percent to 39.6.

    You make it sound as though that rate would apply for the whole contract. Just that first year albeit including the signing bonus. But why not discuss the change to CA tax law that will tax almost the entire 49ers, Chargers and Raiders rosters 10% more. Welcome to the Left Coast!

  4. @thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 6, 2013 8:14 PM

    Especially if those offers were available last year, before the tax rates in the highest bracket went from 35 percent to 39.6.

    You make it sound as though that rate would apply for the whole contract. Just that first year albeit including the signing bonus. But why not discuss the change to CA tax law that will tax almost the entire 49ers, Chargers and Raiders rosters 10% more. Welcome to the Left Coast!
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    The highest bracket isn’t that high chief: $400,000 and above. It will apply for even the league minimum for most guys I believe. If you live in the Bay Area, Manhattan, etc. $400,000/year really isn’t that “rich”.

  5. I love the game of football as well as my team but you do have to ask when is enough enough. Many teams this year did not fill the stadium, you hear a lot of drops of direct tv. The money keeps going up in salary and when will we get to playing rookies for three years and then letting them go. Sounds crazy but it sounded crazy giving out fines for making a tackle on the field as well.

  6. Cary Williams had a hefty offer on the table from the Ravens that he turned down last year. In a CB rich FA market this year I think he ends up with a smaller contract than his 2012 offer. And deservedly so. Glad he turned us down last year so he can play 15 yards off the line of a scrimmage for some other team!

  7. Thanks Obama. And just wait till Obamacare kicks in. And the Stormwater fee imposed a few years ago. On and on. The NFL might be one of the few businesses left open by these commies.

  8. Don’t forget, over $250K earned income, Obamacare adds an additional 0.8 percent (so max is now 40.4 percent) and an additional 3.8 percent on long term capital gains.

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