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Melton, Spencer were wise to sign franchise tenders

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A player who has not signed his franchise tender is not under contract, which means that he can stay away from offseason workouts, training camp, and the preseason as part of an effort to get a long-term deal.

The only risk is that the tender will be rescinded.

This year, agent Jordan Woy counseled two tagged clients, Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer and Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, to sign their franchise tenders in the hours before the opening of the three-day, pre-free-agency negotiating period.

Though this reduces the players’ leverage when it comes to trying to get more, since they now can be fined for boycotting mandatory activities, it protects them against the possibility that their team will find a cheaper long-term option elsewhere.

With the Cowboys desperate to create cap space (and quarterback Tony Romo not inclined to sign a new contract that would reduce his $16.8 million number), persuading a 4-3 defensive end to sign a multi-year deal with a favorable 2013 cap number would have allowed the Cowboys to yank the tag from Spencer and create a bunch of cap space.

Ditto in Chicago, where for example a deal with Chiefs defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey at a favorable 2013 cap number could have made Melton vulnerable.

The other six franchise players would be wise to think this one through, then, before the Broncos find a new left tackle or the Bills find a new safety or the Bengals find a new defensive end or the Chiefs find a new left/right tackle or the Dolphins find a new defensive tackle or the Colts find a new punter.

Though the removal of the tag would make the player an unrestricted free agent, stripping the tender after the first few days of free agency would make it much harder for the player to get paid big money.

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5 Responses to “Melton, Spencer were wise to sign franchise tenders”
  1. billsboy88 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:27 PM

    Am I the only one who get confused by all the business of sports stuff?

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 8, 2013 10:08 PM

    It sounds like this move made more sense for Spencer than it did for the Cowboys. The Cowboys could have signed someone else and created more cap space. What is Jerry thinking?

  3. str8cashhomey says: Mar 8, 2013 11:49 PM

    ^ oh you mean like avril the “#1 free agent” who had less sacks than spencer last year?

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 9, 2013 5:28 PM

    ^ No. I mean a rookie like Ansah or Okafor which cost much less under the new players agreement.

    Or even John Abraham who was cut by the Falcons and had 10 sacks last season. He likely has another good season or two left in him.

  5. applecool1981 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    The Bills would be foolish to yank Byrds tag, especially at its high 6 low 7 million dollar mark; there are at least a few teams that could pay him that much, even after free agency is well under way. Heck, he’d probably take less on a one year deal to go to a better team, since he’s not getting a lot anyway. It would be foolish for Bryd to sign it this early because it’s so low and he’d lose any bargaining chips he has.

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