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Teams using three-day period to apply leverage

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With few free agents who stand out among the rest as must-have acquisitions, the current market belongs to the buyers.

And they want to buy low.

Per a source with direct knowledge of the process, teams are using the three-day legal non-tampering tampering period to evaluate their options at a given position, looking for someone who will take less than other players at the same position will take.

Coupled with the ability of the teams to scare many of the agents into saying nothing, the teams currently are holding all the cards.

Ideally, the agents would be comparing notes, coordinating their efforts to set the market.  For now, they’re not.  Which means that the teams will end up doing deals that consume minimal cap space.

While that will leave other cap space for other players, it will keep plenty of guys from maxing out their market value.

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9 Responses to “Teams using three-day period to apply leverage”
  1. pftfollower says: Mar 10, 2013 4:00 PM

    “While that will leave other cap space for other players, it will keep plenty of guys from maxing out their market value.”

    I disagree. I think this process is redefining their market value.

  2. ampats says: Mar 10, 2013 4:16 PM

    Hello Wes

  3. teal379 says: Mar 10, 2013 4:27 PM

    “While that will leave other cap space for other players, it will keep plenty of guys from maxing out their market value.”

    The NFL teams ARE the market. They set the value. They’re saying what the market is/player value is.

    If no team wants to give a player what they think they’re worth and said player signs for less – that doesn’t mean the player wasn’t paid market value, it is his value.

  4. richmondbolt says: Mar 10, 2013 4:48 PM

    I like the handful of fives and ones you got there. Very relevant.

  5. pj1983a says: Mar 10, 2013 5:18 PM

    Replace the under the table tampering that results in a seller’s market with legal tampering that results in a buyer’s market…

    Well played, Goodell. Well played.

  6. plymouth11 says: Mar 10, 2013 5:33 PM

    Speculation speculation speculation. Who knows how this is going to shake out – leaving guys like Florio guessing, probably driving him nuts. Personally i think its a temporary delay before it blows up this week, although the fa class doesn’t appear to be very strong, especially not in the skill positions.

  7. icdogg says: Mar 10, 2013 6:43 PM

    That’s Joe Banner in the photo above

  8. thegame2love says: Mar 10, 2013 7:24 PM

    Looks like another victory for the owners; the players get a dose of reality concerning their value; and the fans sit through a boring weekend of no football news.

  9. jonsilver1947 says: Mar 10, 2013 8:10 PM

    Would the PFT censor please explain to me why this comment required censoring:

    “To be precise, this process is defining individual player market value UNDER THE CURRENT CAP (i.e. not a free market).”

    Thank you.

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