Another theory for the early boredom

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The popular explanation for the unexpected quiet on the first day of pre-free agency is that teams were scared silent by a Friday memo from the league office, which threatens them all with little-used tampering sanction if they do what the new rules had plainly implied they could — reach agreements in principle with impending free agents.

But there’s another theory that’s making the rounds to explain the lack of leaks of numbers either offered or discussed.  As one source with knowledge of the current dynamics tells PFT, agents aren’t talking because the dollars for their clients aren’t where they thought they’d be.

If that’s the case, it’s not really a surprise.  With more and more teams facing cap struggles and many of the teams with cap space historically not inclined to splurge, the traditional early-day spending spree may not be as dramatic as in past years.  Which means that players and agents with high expectations will quickly have to come to grips with the realities of the market and strike the right deal at the right time.

Otherwise, they’ll find themselves a week from now picking through the scraps of cap dollars or signing one-year deals, hopeful that there will be more spending in 2014.

8 responses to “Another theory for the early boredom

  1. figures that in a year in which tampering is reduced by a lack of money being offered, Andy Reid is the only one to offer a big contract to a washed up nickel corner. Eagles fans everywhere are feeling deja vu.

  2. I think teams are waiting to see what kind of deals players are going to “agree in principle” to. The bar needs to be set and teams do not want to overpay for players. Some of these big name players are getting long in the tooth by football standards, so what are teams willing to pay a 30+ year old DE? We are about to find out.

  3. Welcome to the real world gentleman. Not everyone gets a raise every year. Sometimes we are lucky just to have a job. In the case of the NFL, salaries have increased so dramatically over the past 20 years a leveling (maybe even decline) in pay rates should be expected.

  4. If I were a team that wasn’t a big player in FA, I’d be leaking “reports” that so-and-so had been offered some crazy amout of money.

    FA works out great for two of the three parties.
    The players and their agent. The teams do not get value in FA. It just doesn’t happen often enough.

  5. Yeah maybe this is the year that all the teams become smart and we get serious competition for a change. There’s still bound to a plethora of knucklehead deals I suspect so probably not. Maybe in another 50 years these teams will figure out what the value of a dollar is and then manage their investments efficiently.

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