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Free agency dip could result in plenty of veterans being squeezed

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In 2013, the free-agent market went flat, with left tackles and pass rushers and cornerbacks getting paid a lot less than they’ve gotten in the past.  That dynamic could soon echo into September.

Plenty of teams have plenty of veterans under contracts signed when the open market led to higher salaries.  Now that the market has dipped, teams will be tempted to squeeze some veterans to take less money.

In some cases, the squeezing already has happened, from Panthers linebacker Jon Beason to Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

With players having four or more years of service essentially guaranteed their full 2013 base salaries if they have a spot on a Week One roster, the time to act is coming.  Teams hoping to do their players a favor will make the move sooner rather than later.  Teams that want to keep the player at a reduced rate will wait until next week, when it’s too late to find a better offer with a new team.

It happens every year, but it could happen more frequently in 2013, now that the free-agency market has made plenty of deals that were reasonable when signed look unreasonable now.

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5 Responses to “Free agency dip could result in plenty of veterans being squeezed”
  1. icdogg says: Aug 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    oh well…

  2. mtheparrothead says: Aug 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    Players have only the fedora’d one to thank for that

  3. tooz56 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    And thats why players should ALWAYS go try and get every penny then can, these BILLIONAIRE owners always seem to not honor them contracts.

  4. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 26, 2013 6:10 PM

    Funny how the “market dip” on these other veterans coincided with the “mega deals” teams started throwing at QBs.
    This is what happened to the rookie wage scale. It opened the market up for average qbs to get paid like franchise saviors.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 26, 2013 6:26 PM

    Would like to know what all of these deals were that were so reasonable when signed but aren’t reasonable now. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, it all depends on does one know who to distinguish between the two, and a lot of NFL decision makers have consistently been very poor at that which is the only reason for a skew in the market. There’s always going to be a few knuckleheads that way overpay several players.

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