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Big-name veterans may decide to wait until August to sign

Dwight Freeney AP

Nearly three weeks into the free-agency period, plenty of big-name veterans on the wrong side of 30 continue to be available.

And they likely will continue to be available.

The next point on the timeline to watch will be the draft.  If teams don’t address specific needs by adding rookies, more teams possibly will become interested in the many aging but proven players who want more than is available right now.

At some point, however, plenty of these veteran players, like Dwight Freeney, will decide to wait until August to agree to terms.  If the money in their estimation already is bad, it likely won’t get much worse — and the players in question would get to miss offseason workouts and training camp.

Of course, that could make it harder for some of them to ultimately win a roster spot.  And, at some point, teams may decide to wait until after Week One to do a deal, since a vested veteran’s salary becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the opening day roster.

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11 Responses to “Big-name veterans may decide to wait until August to sign”
  1. goldenperspective says: Apr 1, 2013 6:46 PM

    One year he is one of the league’s premier pass rushers, the next year, chopped liver. I feel these falls from grace can do as much mental damage as the concussions.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 1, 2013 6:47 PM

    It’s like a big boys game of musical chairs. Instead of being out of the game, you’re out millions of dollars.

  3. jjb0811 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    Its gotta be hard to hang them up.

  4. FinFan68 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:13 PM

    …and the players in question would get to miss offseason workouts and training camp.
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    Any player with an attitude like that is a player I wouldn’t want on the team

  5. EJ says: Apr 1, 2013 7:18 PM

    I doubt there will be too many Veterans left by August.

  6. bewaredware says: Apr 1, 2013 7:19 PM

    Patiently waiting for “Big-name veterans may NOT decide to wait until August to sign” article.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 1, 2013 7:40 PM

    I am sure most notable players will sign by June.

  8. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    Guys suck it up, don’t be a baby and skip training camp especially with a new team.

  9. steviemo says: Apr 1, 2013 8:20 PM

    What are these poor players going to do? They can only get millions instead of tens of millions? How will they feed their families???

  10. zoltan378 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:19 AM

    When your 30 something you should take what you can get…its a young mans game gentleman

  11. blackngold4life says: Apr 2, 2013 12:38 AM

    Like they have much choice! Teams hold the leverage unless your a top QB. Anything added after the draft is goin to be on the cheap! Best Wishes

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