Free agency rules change today

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As key offseason dates go, May 10 isn’t one of them. But it carries significance for every NFL team.

Starting today, any players who became unrestricted free agents on March 9 won’t count toward the compensatory draft pick formula if/when they sign with new teams. This means that the arrival won’t change the potential haul of compensatory picks for the player’s new team, and that the departure won’t provide his old team with any extra consideration toward the achievement of more picks.

The Patriots will eventually be affected by this rule as to two former players: running back LeGarrette Blount and receiver Michael Floyd. Both became available on March 9 and remain available; once they sign, it won’t affect anyone’s compensatory picks.

Ditto for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who voided his deal and became an unrestricted free agent on March 9. Which means that the list of pretextual explanations for not signing Kaepernick can’t include at this point a reluctance by teams to undermine their expected slate of compensatory picks in 2018.

13 responses to “Free agency rules change today

  1. Floyd is done. No one is taking on that headache. Maybe if he comes back in an year after he gets his life together he can catch on. Teams are tired of headaches like him.

  2. As a close friend of the organization it is interesting to see the list of remaining free agents… perhaps its time to expand the league to include 36 teams?

  3. Blount and Floyd have the best chances to be but definitely not going to be this week. Maybe if some injuries happen do those guys get jobs.

  4. “Which means that the list of pretextual explanations for not signing Kaepernick can’t include at this point a reluctance by teams to undermine their expected slate of compensatory picks in 2018.”

    There’s a couple of good reasons for not signing Kaepernick. This isn’t one of them.

  5. Omg. How do you manage to mention him in every post? I’m so close to finding a new source for football news. Kap is done. Why would a team let him take away valuable reps from a younger player? You can force the whole “he’s being blacklisted” as much as you like. Won’t change the fact that he’s terrible and has been for some time. I wouldn’t sign him for a dollar a year. You know what you have in him, you don’t know what the next man up has. He could be a franchise qb and you wouldn’t know because Kap is taking his reps. There is not one valid reason to sign him.

  6. realdealsteel says:
    May 10, 2017 11:03 AM
    Floyd is done. No one is taking on that headache. Maybe if he comes back in an year after he gets his life together he can catch on. Teams are tired of headaches like him.
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    He’s already signed with the Vikings.

  7. This guy hasn’t made roughly $20,000,000 after you take away what he lost due to that Las Vegas shooting and I can virtually guarantee we’ll see him on a 30 for 30 broke athletes episode one day.

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