June 1 free-agency deadline moved to May 12

Years ago, June 1 had extreme significance on the NFL calendar.  Teams looking to reduce the cap hit from cutting a veteran player would wait until June 1, resulting in half or more of the acceleration to hit the cap in the following league year.

In 2006, the NFL changed the rule, allowing teams to cut two players per year before June 1, with a June 1 designation.  Few teams currently have cap issues; as a result, the entire notion of using the designation or waiting until June 1 to cut a player has become largely irrelevant.

June 1 had continued significance for another reason.  After June 1, unrestricted free agents signed by other teams don’t count toward the compensatory draft-pick formula.  Starting this year, that date will move from June 1 to May 12, according to the league office.

The Competition Committee had been considering shifting the date from June 1 to May 1.  With the draft still happening as of May 1, it makes sense to let the draft end and to let the dust settle before allowing free agents to sign without the move helping their former team or potentially hurting their new one.

The shift gives free agents more of an opportunity to participate in the offseason program.  It also gives teams reason to wait on adding some of the currently available free agents, in order to avoid reducing their potential haul of compensatory picks.

The Ravens have mastered the craft of waiting to sign unrestricted free agents until the deadline has come and gone.  Today’s addition of quarterback Matt Schaub doesn’t change that.  Because he was cut by the Raiders, Schaub’s addition neither helps the Raiders nor hurts the Ravens when it comes to determining compensatory selections.

23 responses to “June 1 free-agency deadline moved to May 12

  1. The Compensatory Pick rules need to be more transparent and simple. The more I read about stuff like this, the more I can see some teams gaming the system.

  2. This might not be a popular move with the public. QUICK – some team let Tim Tebow try out and get some good vibes … Then throw him back into the “you’ve been used” bin.

  3. LOL how are the ravens finding loopholes? A cut player doesn’t count as it shouldn’t. Why would they reward a team with a draft pick after cutting someone?

  4. its not a loophole; a loophole is the allowing something unintended to happen legally.

    Comp picks simply make teams answer the following question – Do we build thru the draft, or thru free agency.

    Teams who build develop drafted players, and then are unable to re-sign them, and DO NO sign other free agents, are rewarded with a draft pick compensation.

    Teams who build thru free agency do not get that extra pick, b/c they never let anyone go!

    Smart org building, not exploiting a loophole.

  5. “Teams who build develop drafted players, and then are unable to re-sign them, and DO NO sign other free agents, are rewarded with a draft pick compensation.”

    The problem is, it actually discourages teams from signing talented players because you are rewarded for NOT signing your own players.

  6. If your teams GM isnt smart enough to know how the comp pick system works than whos fault is that?

    No, Norseman would have them dumb it up so everyone can understand it. No wonder your content rooting for a team that is always waiting for next year.

  7. its pretty simple – draft well, develop in house, do not overpay when they hit FA, start process over again.

    the teams that follow this mantra are in the hunt every year. Teams that pay $35M for Dannel Ellerbe as a FA then cut him after 1 year are never in the hunt..

  8. Looks like another front office or two is good at this also:

    Top Six Bottom Six
    Team Comp Picks Team Comp Picks
    Ravens 41 Jets 13
    Cowboys 33 Redskins 12
    Packers 33 Saints 10
    Eagles 30 Broncos 9
    Titans/Oilers 30 Texans 9
    Rams 30 Browns 6

  9. The whole point of not being able to change the date is ludicrous. The draft is way too late. Should be the second weekend in April, not in May. Then you could move the cut date to May 1 with no problems. Stupid. But then, that is the NFL in the Goodell era.

  10. The problem is, it actually discourages teams from signing talented players because you are rewarded for NOT signing your own players.
    —————————————–
    Discourages teams from signing talented players? Here’s a partial list of talented players who signed contracts with high 7 and 8-figure guarantees:

    Byron Maxwell–$25.5M
    Chris Culliver–$16M
    Dan Williams–$15.2M
    Jermey Parnell–$14.5M
    Buster Skrine–$13M
    Nate Allen–$11.8M
    Davon House–$10M
    Dwayne Bowe–$9M

    The only thing discouraging their original teams from keeping guys like that at those rates was common sense. They can go out and get 2-3 guys who can actually play for that kind of money.

  11. The whole point of not being able to change the date is ludicrous. The draft is way too late. Should be the second weekend in April, not in May. Then you could move the cut date to May 1 with no problems. Stupid. But then, that is the NFL in the Goodell era.
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    You do realize the draft has been in late April or early May for almost four decades, right? Facts are strange things–especially since Rozelle or Tagliabue get a pass for not moving the dates of league events to better suit your desires.

    But since you’re at it, you should probably blame Goodell for the Holocaust, Black Plague, and reality tv shows too, since he is obviously the devil incarnate and solely responsible for sucking every bit of good out of life.

  12. Sneak in another plug for your favorite GM. He is responsible for everyone

    You do know he’s responsible for drafting the players with the following arrest charges (only the good ones not DUIs or pot or w/e)

    1Aggrevated assault
    2. Conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute (federal)
    3 Gambling and gun charges stemming from high stakes poker ring.
    4. Felony murder and felony assault.

    Yeah but… but.. all those can be explained away. Ozzie is a mob boss. only the finest talent will do.

  13. It’s also worth mentioning that on those “June 1st” cut designations, the cap room saved doesn’t open up until AFTER June 1st (or now May 12th). This means a team that is looking to extend one of their top players and needs that cap space to do so, will now have a few extra weeks to take advantage of their “new found” cap space.

  14. It’s usually the successful teams that are rewarded with comp picks, but noting that, you have to have players good enough that another team is willing to pay a boatload of cash to pry them away.
    Now that’s a problem we know for fact the Minnesota Vikings wouldn’t understand. No teams want their players.

  15. As a fan of a team who does pretty well with comp picks, i don’t get why they have them.

    I think the whole system should go. Teams should be doing everything they can to keep players in the fold for the fans.
    I get there has to be free agency and it has made the NFL have so much more balance than anyother pro sports league, but at the same time i think some rules need changing. I would get rid of comp picks all together and i would also limit the use of the Franchise tag to once in a players career no matter what team he plays for.

  16. Fact is Spending a lot of money in FA just isn’t worth it No team has spent lots of money in FA & went deep into the playoffs teams Look at the past 2 playoff teams none spent a lot of money in FA Build through the draft & if you can’t fire your scouts hire better Over paying in FA is dumb

  17. May 21, 2013 – NFL draft will move from April to May, more changes to league calendar may be coming … The switch not only resolves a scheduling snafu, however. … possibly to as late as the President’s Day weekend in mid-February.

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