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Key phrase for next few days: “Agreement in principle”

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After the 2011 lockout ended and the league allowed teams to negotiate with free agents before actually signing them, the term “agreement in principle” became commonplace.

Though not enforceable until signed, some teams were announcing the tentative deals, presumably to ensure that the player or his agent would not renege.

Now that the NFL is launching a three-day legal tampering window, the key term will be “agreement in principle.”  Even though contracts can’t be signed until Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, non-binding deals can be struck — like the non-binding arrangement between the 49ers and Chiefs to trade Alex Smith once the new league year begins.

With the league trying to create an NCAA-style “signing day,” it’s safe to say teams will be discouraged from announcing agreements in principle with players who can’t be signed until Tuesday.  Still, it’s inevitable that word of agreements in principle will leak; even if teams don’t issue a press release, they’ll be wise to get the word out, so that other teams will back off.

That said, any agreements reached before Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET will have to happen without the player visiting the team, or even directly talking to the team.  No visits may occur until free agency officially opens; indeed, travel arrangements can’t even be made until checkered flag officially has been waved.

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9 Responses to “Key phrase for next few days: “Agreement in principle””
  1. thechronicjoker says: Mar 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    And I thought the expression was “Of course I’ll respect you in the morning ”
    by the way the check is in the mail.

  2. Iknoweverything says: Mar 8, 2013 8:52 PM

    Predictions:

    Kansas City Chiefs reach “Agreement in principle” with William Moore

    Kansas City Chiefs reach “Agreement in principle” with Sean Smith

    Seattle Seahawks reach “Agreement in principle” with Mike Wallace

    Seattle Seahawks reach “Agreement in principle” with Greg Jennings

    Seattle Seahawks reach “Agreement in principle” with John Abraham

    Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 8, 2013 9:06 PM

    That’s the second time you’ve referred to the checkered flag.
    It’s the green flag you’re looking for. The checkered signals the END of the race.
    You’re welcome.

  4. cullimon says: Mar 8, 2013 9:10 PM

    Lions will be talking to some WR and SS

  5. Iknoweverything says: Mar 8, 2013 9:19 PM

    Nobody really cares about a green flag or a checkered flag. Seriously, watching cars follow each other and make left turns all afternoon long while spitting tobacco juice, drinking cheap beer, and shaving each others backs while the men folk skin the road kill isn’t any fun.

  6. dwight123 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:28 PM

    Miami Dolphins “Agreement In Principle with Mike Wallace”

  7. richieab says: Mar 8, 2013 9:28 PM

    I’m hoping for some crazy trades . Predicting Revis goes to Bucs.

  8. floriohatesthebirds says: Mar 8, 2013 9:50 PM

    Get used to the not-as-witty-as-Florio-thinks phrase “three day tampering window”. You’ll hear it a lot this weekend.

  9. 32assassin says: Mar 9, 2013 12:40 AM

    Predictions:

    Kansas City Chiefs reach “Agreement in principle” with William Moore

    Kansas City Chiefs reach “Agreement in principle” with Sean Smith

    Seattle Seahawks reach “Agreement in principle” with Mike Wallace

    Seattle Seahawks reach “Agreement in principle” with Greg Jennings

    Seattle Seahawks reach “Agreement in principle” with John Abraham

    Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl
    ————————————————–
    Reallity or Déjà vu

    Kansas City Chiefs cut William Moore

    Kansas City Chiefs cut Sean Smith

    Kansas City Chiefs cut Mike Wallace

    Kansas City Chiefs cut Greg Jennings

    Kansas City Chiefs cut John Abraham

    after going 2-14 for the 2013 season

    just like what they did with all their 2012 FA signings

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