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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.

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13 Responses to “Free agency rules change today”
  1. elyasm says: May 10, 2017 10:51 AM

    Blount and Floyd will be on a roster by the end of the week. Kaep will not.

  2. jn213 says: May 10, 2017 10:58 AM

    The #1 reason Kap won’t get a job is “The Media” and the circus they bring.

  3. 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.

  4. blitzinc43 says: May 10, 2017 11:16 AM

    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?

  5. minson15 says: May 10, 2017 11:37 AM

    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.

  6. 4onafloor says: May 10, 2017 11:55 AM

    “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.

  7. bkostela says: May 10, 2017 12:08 PM

    It would be great if the NFL could just go ahead and eliminate compensatory picks.

  8. thelongestgoodbye says: May 10, 2017 12:08 PM

    I’d take Blount in Baltimore for sure. Floyd will likely be suspended and seems a bit of a head case.

  9. tincada says: May 10, 2017 12:11 PM

    terrible Ted from Green Bay, “Free Agency, what’s that?’

  10. mikechris28 says: May 10, 2017 12:47 PM

    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.

  11. fmdragons59 says: May 10, 2017 3:21 PM

    Cowboys should bring in Kap

  12. canedaddy says: May 10, 2017 3:43 PM

    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.

  13. tjacks7 says: May 10, 2017 11:47 PM

    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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