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2014 free agency is expected to be more active than 2013

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Now that the official tampering period has begun, teams are able to negotiate with agents (sort of).  While any offers and agreements are prohibited, teams are permitted to outline terms that potentially would be offered as of Tuesday, when free agency opens.

Those terms that are being outlined almost definitely will mirror the offers officially made on Tuesday.

Based on the terms that have been outlined in the 150 minutes since the window for legal tampering opened, it’s looking better than last year.  A lot better.

“Deals will be higher across this year across the board,” one league source said.  “Teams will be spending this year.”

That meshes with recent comments from Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, who predicted a more active free agency cycle in 2014:  “[W]hen you look at this free agency class and you compare it to last year and the year before, it doesn’t have as much talent as it’s had the last couple of years, so I think that more so the teams who have money and want to go into the free agent market, they’re going to be even more aggressive to get those done quickly.”

With the salary cap increasing by $10 million per team this year and potentially spiking to $160 million by 2016, teams not only can spend — they have to.  The new labor deal requires teams to spend 89 percent of the unadjusted cap on a (for now) rolling four-year average.  So even if teams prefer to build a team with minimum-salary players, teams now must spend.

And they apparently will spend.

We likely won’t know specifics on any spending until Tuesday, thanks to the memo that as a practical matter will prompt teams and agents to say nothing about potential contracts before the signing period launches.  As one source explained it, however, teams typically honor the non-binding discussions that occur during the legal tampering period and the non-legal tampering period.

Otherwise, it becomes hard for teams to do business.  This year, plenty of business is about to be done.

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13 Responses to “2014 free agency is expected to be more active than 2013”
  1. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    Smart teams will sign young mid-level free agents and build through the draft. Let these other idiots have at it with overspending on the top tier guys.

  2. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Mar 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    Packers and Pats need to sign some players

    Pats losing Talib and Welker wont help them get any further next year

    Pack lost their best defensive player in Shields

    These teams need to make moves if they r going to do anything next year

  3. thevikesarebest says: Mar 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    The free agents,75% of them will prefer joining the the Vikings next season.we are attractive franchise unlike Turdbay and the shehawks.SKOL

  4. bopac says: Mar 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    You will all bow down to your Eagle overlords and Nick Foles will consider giving you mercy.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 8, 2014 2:52 PM

    It’s a nasty messy business with no organization. How long will it take before some teams start complaining about not being able to afford the floor or justify why they have to egregiously overpay people they don’t like just to comply with the floor?

    And what’s the story with the guy in the picture who seems overjoyed beyond belief over what, a hundred dollars? Does he play any position, I want to sign that guy he looks like he’d be a good value for any job. Double my business profits and I’ll gladly give you 30 seconds in the floating cash box.

  6. andreboy1 says: Mar 8, 2014 2:52 PM

    Just like a depression era soup line, all free agents will be lined up outside the 49ers facility begging to join the most legendary team in the history of the NFL.

    Harbaugh will march out and just like Mother Teresa will select only the most worthy to join our noble cause.

    We will right the wrongs and vaquish evil on our quest for eternal glory.

  7. 12thmanseattle says: Mar 8, 2014 3:22 PM

    Is there just one person that goes on here as ten different people to try and make the Vikings fans look like crap? It seems that without fail a handful of user names can be seen within ten seconds of an article saying some ignorant garbage. I didn’t know they allowed 5th graders to be on the internet all day

  8. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 8, 2014 3:32 PM

    C’mon, Jim Harbaugh and Mother Teresa in the same sentence? Really??!

  9. dcapettini says: Mar 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    Maybe some teams will sign new contracts with their established players to deter them from free agency next year. Or, maybe some will reverse restructure to add more money this year to keep their cap numbers from rising in the future. Surely these big businessmen can figure out a better way to spend their money than to throw it at over priced free agents. If Eugene Monroe is the best free agent available, the crop must be very thin. He is adequate, but not much more.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Mar 8, 2014 4:52 PM

    12thmanseattle says:

    Is there just one person that goes on here as ten different people to try and make the Vikings fans look like crap? It seems that without fail a handful of user names can be seen within ten seconds of an article saying some ignorant garbage.

    ==============================
    You wish it were just one person but to answer your question directly, all Viking fans are idiots so no matter what comes off their keyboards, its all ignorant garbage.

    You have to see this from their point of view, they never won anything, they are not going to even get out of the basement of the NFC North anytime soon so the garbage is all they have.

  11. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Mar 8, 2014 7:38 PM

    thevikesarebest says: Mar 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    The free agents,75% of them will prefer joining the the Vikings next season.we are attractive franchise unlike Turdbay and the shehawks.SKOL
    ———————————————————
    Are you 12?
    The Vikings are “attractive franchise”
    Really?
    Let’s see a team that has NO QB, A team that has no stadium over a team that just won a Superbowl?
    Or if I’m a NFL player would I want to go to a freezing cold place like Minnesota where theres nothing to do or would I want to go to the beach…
    Hmmmm
    Think before you type…

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Mar 8, 2014 8:11 PM

    andreboy1 says:
    Mar 8, 2014 2:52 PM
    Just like a depression era soup line, all free agents will be lined up outside the 49ers facility begging to join the most legendary team in the history of the NFL.

    Harbaugh will march out and just like Mother Teresa will select only the most worthy to join our noble cause.

    We will right the wrongs and vaquish evil on our quest for eternal glory.

    *************************

    Yeah until you have to face the Seahawks in the playoffs

  13. burgandy2260 says: Mar 8, 2014 10:51 PM

    Given the talent and depth in the draft I think you’ll see minimal long term deals for the vets. Of course there is going to be a few 4 yr deals but last yr taught us that teams are looking for 1 yr deals. If the vets don’t accept the offer then they disappear from the league and try to become sportscasters. The whole first round could be starters along w/most of the second round and at a much cheaper price tag.

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