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.

39 responses to “Teams “scared to death” about Friday memo

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. ‘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”.

  6. 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…

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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….

  11. 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.

  12. ‘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.

  13. 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.

  14. @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.

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
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    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.

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

    Punish the Chiefs!
    ______________________________

    I think being the Chiefs is punishment enough.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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