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June 1 could result in mini-surge in free agency

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Before 2006, every June 1 created a second wave of free agency, via salary-cap rules that allowed teams to spread the salary-cap hit for cutting a veteran over two league years.  It was, at the time, a pretty big deal.  After 2006, teams acquired the ability to cut players before June 1 with a June 1 designation, which pretty much destroyed post-June 1 free agency.

But fear not, NFL fans heading into the slowest news month of the year (unless someone gets accused of murder like last June).  After 20 years under the current free-agency system, more and more teams are figuring out the value of waiting until after June 1 to pursue certain free agents.

For veteran free agents who became available on March 11, signing them after June 1 results in no impact on the formula used for determining compensatory draft picks the following year.  That applies to both the players’ former team and his new team.  The acquisitions don’t count as players lost by the former team, and they don’t count as players gained by the new team.

Last year, the Ravens worked the system to perfection, signing veteran Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith after June 1.  He started 16 games last year.

This year, any players who became free agents on March 11 by the expiration of their prior contract fall into that same category.  Some of the available names include defensive tackle Kevin Williams, defensive back Terrell Thomas, running back Ronnie Brown, tight end Jermichael Finley, and tackle Eric Winston.

Don’t be shocked if the Ravens, who still don’t have a clear plan at right tackle, give Winston a look-see.

Also, don’t be shocked if the long-awaited reunion between Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Rex Grossman finally happens.  Grossman knows Shanahan’s system as well as anyone, and he can help teach it to Johnny Manziel/Football/Cleveland/Vegas/Whatever.

For players whose contracts were terminated (like receiver Santonio Holmes), the compensatory-pick formula won’t be an issue after June 1 because it never was an issue.  The compensatory draft picks are determined only by gains and losses via veteran free agency.

So now you know your new thing for the day.  And since there’s a chance you’ll forget it by next year at this time, it’s already on our list of things to write about on June 1, 2015.  And it will be the top story that day.

Unless someone gets accused of murder like last June.

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29 Responses to “June 1 could result in mini-surge in free agency”
  1. vikes69 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:05 AM

    the browns dont want grossman. no one wants grossman

  2. bloomer006999999 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:10 AM

    I see the Minnesota Vikings as being the best improved, overall.

  3. tonyc920 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:11 AM

    I wonder if there’s any decent ILB’s out there ?
    Signed, Dom Capers

  4. mymanmccoy says: Jun 1, 2014 10:13 AM

    The vikings need a QB, they STILL don’t have one!

  5. glaedrfly says: Jun 1, 2014 10:15 AM

    I think I now understand the reason for algebra? I checked out early in that story.

  6. cylondetector says: Jun 1, 2014 10:21 AM

    Dustin Keller to the Patriots. He has a record of doing well vs the Patriots (which is why we went after guys like Welker) and will be happy with a 1 year prove-it deal catching passes from Brady.
    Patriots also have a pretty big need at ‘move’ tight end.

  7. hansenbrothers says: Jun 1, 2014 10:25 AM

    If the browns don’t sign Holmes they’re idiots

  8. duncanthecat says: Jun 1, 2014 10:33 AM

    Holmes back in Steel City

  9. drfeelyouup says: Jun 1, 2014 10:33 AM

    Browns are stacked with Johnny Cleveland and Hoyer.

  10. britishraven says: Jun 1, 2014 10:37 AM

    I don’t think there’s anything that anyone could learn from Rex Grossman

  11. ottawabrave91 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:42 AM

    free o.j. Simpson! ……..wait a minute I need to revise this somehow. can’t figure it out…..

  12. filthymcfunny1 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:51 AM

    Greenbow will grab another washed up journeyman!

  13. artvan15 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:59 AM

    I’m willing to bet that Bridgewater is not the answer in Minnesota. He will be another Vince Young.

  14. gainofivefirstdown says: Jun 1, 2014 11:16 AM

    Slim pickings, indeed. I, for one Browns fan, say bring on Grossman. He would definitely make a better #3 than Thigpen, and if he can help coach up the other two Qb’s, all the better. Btw, it is highly likely their #3 will see the field at least for some time based on the durability/in-proven durability ahead of him. I don’t wish, just being realistic based on the facts.
    GO BROWNS!

  15. maestro1899 says: Jun 1, 2014 11:21 AM

    It’s funny how some of us fans have been talking about the compensatory picks and how/when to sign free agency to maximize compensatory draft picks, but it seems like only this year we are seeing NFL teams actually taking advantage of how/when they sign FA as it pertains to the compensatory draft pick formula.

    Those were like free 3-7 round picks these teams have been throwing away all of these years.

  16. bucsorbust says: Jun 1, 2014 11:54 AM

    Josh Freeman is available.

  17. bucsorbust says: Jun 1, 2014 11:59 AM

    The FA and draft plan in Tampa Bay played out nicely. As the only real need left, the Bucs could use one more OG, and I think they’ve had this last burst of FA in mind all along. The Bucs are back in the mix, Baby!

  18. revren10 says: Jun 1, 2014 12:05 PM

    With the June first cuts the Vikings have announced they still need a quarterback with teddy bustwater showing he will be the next Akili smith and Christian Ponder playing like Ryan Leaf

  19. chipper34deion says: Jun 1, 2014 12:27 PM

    Grossman is better than Manziel or Hoyer… But I’d rather not play than play in Cleveland…

  20. tedmurph says: Jun 1, 2014 12:37 PM

    Now that the Texans can spread the cap hit over 2 yrs, I’d love to see the Pats go all in and trade for AJohnson. They could work the cap to make room, and if Texas still wants Mallett they can have him. Pats aren’t going anywhere if Brady goes down anyway, just ask GBay. They could always sign someone like JFreeman. They may be looking at Keller or Finlay at TE, with talking TGonzales out of retiring a dark horse. Oh well, I can dream.

  21. rohlo says: Jun 1, 2014 2:06 PM

    tedmurph says:Jun 1, 2014 12:37 PM

    Now that the Texans can spread the cap hit over 2 yrs, I’d love to see the Pats go all in and trade for AJohnson. They could work the cap to make room, and if Texas still wants Mallett they can have him. Pats aren’t going anywhere if Brady goes down anyway, just ask GBay. They could always sign someone like JFreeman. They may be looking at Keller or Finlay at TE, with talking TGonzales out of retiring a dark horse. Oh well, I can dream.

    —————-

    Keep dreaming ted..texans aren’t gonna trade him.it will cause them to take an 11 million dollar cap hit and 11 mil dead money..it wouldn’t be a good buisness decision for the texans and they aren’t just gonna give him away for an unproven qb who isn’t any better than the ones they have on The roster to take a cap hit that large.. why is it pats fans think every team is gonna trade them a good player for their trash????? The pats window is closing and u all aren’t even close to being on denver level right now.how long has it been since pats won anything??? Like 10 years..NYG own the pats!!!!!

  22. bloomer006999999 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:22 PM

    revren10 says:
    Jun 1, 2014 12:05 PM
    With the June first cuts the Vikings have announced they still need a quarterback with teddy bustwater showing he will be the next Akili smith and Christian Ponder playing like Ryan Leaf

    ~

    Someone’s … Jelly.

  23. tommy2shoes says: Jun 1, 2014 2:24 PM

    Patriots without Brady are a 4 or 5 win team at best they’re a far cry from the team they were when Brady got hurt a couple years ago. This year we’ll see both Brady and Manning regress even further and will be overtaken by younger QBs. Pats have way too many holes n Revis only plays one position. A good example is a healthy Colts team would have stomped the Pats last year in the playoffs they were missing too many starters including half their offense.

  24. claimersays says: Jun 1, 2014 2:26 PM

    Nice work Mike, and I don’t say that often.

  25. tedmurph says: Jun 1, 2014 2:35 PM

    No they wouldn’t take an 11 million dollar cap hit. That’s not how it works. They would have 11 mil in dead money spread over the next 2yrs, yes. But they would actually save 4 mil on the cap this yr(by not paying him 15 mil) and get out from under the 15-16 mil they have to pay him the next 2 yrs. The Pats would have to pick up his base salary or restructure. A rebuilding team, with a new coaching staff may want to do that. They ‘re probably not gonna contend for the SB for a couple of yrs. Johnson has made rumblings he wants out and he didn’t show up for OTA’s. A long shot, but possible. If they don’t want Mallett, fine, although there were rumors they talked. A 2nd rnd pick would be fair.

    Sorry, saying the Pats haven’t won anything for 10yrs or they’re not even close to Denver is just plain dumb. Bet Manning’s window closes before Brady’s.

  26. thegronk87 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:39 PM

    Hey tommy2shoes, the pats were missing a lot of players last year too and stomped the colts out. Luck is good, but he will never be brady or manning.

  27. tedmurph says: Jun 1, 2014 2:45 PM

    Pats were an 11 win team last time Brady went down.

    Pats beat the Colts by 3 TDs in last yrs playoffs and put up 43 pts(after blowing out Houston the yr before). I guess those missing offensive players made all the difference.

    Pats have 11 Pro Bowlers on their roster besides Brady.

    Sheesh.

  28. ravenmadnky says: Jun 1, 2014 4:12 PM

    Several months ago, I said the same thing regarding the Ravens and Eric Winston. I actually expected a deal to be announced today. I will be shocked if it doesn’t happen in the next few days. He won’t get more than veteran minimum, non-guaranteed. No risk. Makes too much sense.

  29. footballtalk1 says: Jun 1, 2014 5:14 PM

    Miles Austin to Cleveland. Maybe the cold weather can help his constant hamstring issues!

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