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Teams “scared to death” about Friday memo

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It surely was no coincidence that the NFL dropped the hammer on its teams on Friday, issuing a memo that directly contradicts the new free-agency rules that were established months ago.

And the strongly-worded message from the Commissioner has gotten the attention of teams, at least for now.

Negotiations are occurring, but most teams are insisting for now upon discretion because they are “scared to death,” according to a source who currently is negotiating with multiple teams regarding multiple free agents.

These are the same teams that have blatantly been negotiating with agents for free agents in clear violation of the rules for weeks if not longer.  But one well-timed threat has worked, so far.

Of course, the Chiefs don’t seem to be overly concerned.

Hopefully, other teams won’t be.  Because I’m rested and full of caffeine and I really don’t have anything else to do.

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39 Responses to “Teams “scared to death” about Friday memo”
  1. nytwelve says: Mar 9, 2013 1:11 AM

    Your hair is so long in that picture Florio

  2. pppath says: Mar 9, 2013 1:13 AM

    “Because I’m rested and full of caffeine and I really don’t have anything else to do.”
    Me too!

  3. omniscient48 says: Mar 9, 2013 1:27 AM

    Thanks, Mike. I am now totally confused. The guy in the picture looks more confused than scared.

  4. packerbackernj says: Mar 9, 2013 1:28 AM

    Dallas and Washington will probably ignore, get fined, and then their fans can flood these comments with how the nfl is unjust, corrupt, and hates their teams.

  5. tyler4richardson says: Mar 9, 2013 1:36 AM

    The NFL has grown to be something special under Goodell………………………….. Please fill in your own sentence now.

  6. therealraider says: Mar 9, 2013 1:37 AM

    No team is “scared to death”.

  7. tylermak says: Mar 9, 2013 1:38 AM

    Keep it coming Florio. This is arguably the greatest time of any sports off season. I’ll have Dunkin Doughnuts shipped to your house if need be!

  8. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 9, 2013 1:43 AM

    Punish the Chiefs!

  9. staffordsyear says: Mar 9, 2013 1:45 AM

    Who cares?..its the offseason..players need teams and teams need players, lets play.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2013 1:46 AM

    ‘Because I’m rested and full of caffeine and I really don’t have anything else to do.”

    Aren’t you married ? Wife, bed, Friday night late, I would think you could, you know, find ‘something to do”.

  11. dannygrimes says: Mar 9, 2013 1:52 AM

    $40 some million in cap penalties to Washington and Dallas will do that.

  12. sonoco says: Mar 9, 2013 2:35 AM

    What heavy handed way to corner the market on information so the shield can package it and profit from it

  13. ninerider says: Mar 9, 2013 2:56 AM

    Niners got caught up in this about three years ago. They were talking to Lance Briggs and lost a pick.

  14. theclaim says: Mar 9, 2013 4:59 AM

    That’s the second caffeine reference today. At least we both appreciate a good bean with a tasty roast. Tampering? Is that what this article was about? Never happens…

  15. theclaim says: Mar 9, 2013 5:04 AM

    Is THAT what McCauly Caulkin looks like now

  16. gonavybeatarmy says: Mar 9, 2013 6:02 AM

    The man who worked so hard in life to inherit 50 percent of the New York Giants never ceases to think of ways to penalize the opposition during the off-season.

    By the way, when was the last time the Giants were penalized for anything?

  17. ravenmuscle says: Mar 9, 2013 6:29 AM

    As long as the cap penalty on the Cowpokes and Deadskins holds up…I’m Happy.

  18. 6thsense79 says: Mar 9, 2013 6:36 AM

    Well at least this time the league put it in writing. Last time with the cap thing they made sure not to put it in writing cause what they were doing was illegal i.e. collusion. Reminds me of how the mafia operates.

  19. nofoolsnodrool says: Mar 9, 2013 6:36 AM

    Any announcement of an agreement or an agreement in principle by a club or another party, including, but not limited to, a certified agent, player, or MEDIA ORGANIZATION may subject the club to a tampering investigation.”

    Doesn’t this give immense power to media? Who’s to stop you guys from say, getting even for being snubbed out of a post game interview last year?

    And if that is the case then please let your next story be about a prominent team that no one likes negotiating with a free agent. Oh I don’t know, somethng like…”Pats reportedly negotiating with Wallace.” Oh, wait.

  20. jagsfan1 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:09 AM

    Based on the volume of new articles about Free Agency since this one one was posted…must have been one wild and crazy night….ummm yeah….

  21. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 9, 2013 7:16 AM

    Seriously, who cares when free agents begin getting signed? I think that a week after the super bowl should be fair game.

    That gives the teams in the superbowl time to do their exit interviews with each player. All GMs know well ahead of time who the top free agents or guys who they are interested in are going to be free agents(that’s their job).

    The NFL is one organization that would really annoy me to work for…as a coach or GM, how about you let me go out and do my best to win football games. Who cares what day I sign free agents on or who I make a phone call to.

  22. cbblitz21 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:35 AM

    ‘Because I’m rested and full of caffeine and I really don’t have anything else to do.”

    “Aren’t you married ? Wife, bed, Friday night late, I would think you could, you know, find ‘something to do”.

    Yeah, but that would still leave him 23 hours and 59 minutes a day to concentrate on the NFL.

  23. staffordwives9999 says: Mar 9, 2013 7:46 AM

    Son’s all grown up.

  24. bizzmoneyb says: Mar 9, 2013 8:03 AM

    I was wondering how the Chiefs signed Ribinson when free agency doesn’t start for a few more days. they should be penalized then.. or now every team will sign earlier than they are supposed to.

  25. duncanthecat says: Mar 9, 2013 8:15 AM

    All except the Raiders.

  26. dccowboy says: Mar 9, 2013 8:17 AM

    @bizz

    When a vested player is released, teams do not have to wait until free agency begins to sign them.

    ““Any announcement of an agreement or an agreement in principle by a club or another party, including, but not limited to, a certified agent, player, or media organization may subject the club to a tampering investigation.””

    So this memo actually says its okay to negotiate, you just can’t announce anything until the League year starts. I don’t see what the big deal is then.

  27. gbditka says: Mar 9, 2013 8:20 AM

    Regarding the Chiefs & Dunta Robinson….Players with four or more accrued seasons instantly become free agents in a separate pool from players whose contracts expired after the 2012 season. The difference here is that they were released from an existing contract instead of prospective free agents whose contracts expired after the 2012 season.

  28. ballinmore says: Mar 9, 2013 8:20 AM

    Your subtle jokes that you probably crack yourself up with as you write them are terrible. Hopefully Richard Sherman comes after you next.

  29. scoonie97 says: Mar 9, 2013 8:32 AM

    Teams should be scared. Roger Goodell is our Dear Leader. And his NY Giants are greatest team.

  30. BroncsApocalypse says: Mar 9, 2013 8:34 AM

    They need to just create a concrete start date and police it with a zero tolerance policy, or let the process be first come first serve once a player is cut or officially an unrestricted FA.

  31. mazblast says: Mar 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    Whether teams should be “scared’ or not is directly proportional to the threat they are perceived to pose to teams owned by guys named Kraft or Mara.

    The Redskins and Ravens in particular should tread lightly.

  32. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 9, 2013 9:37 AM

    Ooooooooh yeah I’m sure they are all just shaking in there boots.

    What a stupid title…

  33. nananatman says: Mar 9, 2013 9:55 AM

    That’s not a coincidence.

  34. eatitfanboy says: Mar 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    packerbackernj says:
    Mar 9, 2013 1:28 AM
    Dallas and Washington will probably ignore, get fined, and then their fans can flood these comments with how the nfl is unjust, corrupt, and hates their teams.
    ===============

    The memo should be ignored. The rules are clearly spelled out in the CBA. Who the h** does the league office think they are?

    You can’t just change rules that are clearly spelled out in a bargained contract by sending out a memo. Not only is it wrong, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal.

    This precedent was set when the union stupidly allowed the league to penalize teams for violating phantom rules that didn’t exist on paper in the uncapped years.

    If someone doesn’t draw a line in the sand somewhere, eventually Goodell will learn that he has absolutely no reason to even consider what is actually in the CBA when making his decisions.

  35. kcar28 says: Mar 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    Pretty sure that is Jesse’s brother from New York in Saved By the Bell in that picture.

  36. steves11 says: Mar 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    Watch….big free agent deals will be announced one minute after 4:00 PM on Tuesday.

  37. tvguy22 says: Mar 9, 2013 11:31 AM

    silverandblack052099 says:Mar 9, 2013 1:43 AM

    Punish the Chiefs!
    ______________________________

    I think being the Chiefs is punishment enough.

  38. booker1974 says: Mar 9, 2013 12:47 PM

    With Goodell running things, team’s should be scared, especially the small market ones. You never know when he might decide today is the day he wants to make a statement and arbitrarily scapegoat and punish a team for something that goes on universally.

  39. skinsfaninnebraska says: Mar 10, 2013 3:54 PM

    Just make ‘em up as you go along, Roger, no problem.

    Does Goodell remind anyone else of the stupid boss in “Dilbert”?

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