@NFL_ATL: Patriots reportedly will release Brandon Lloyd http://t.co/1n3hoOFnB7 #FreeAgency
Dumervil got a new agent and is going to visit Baltimore.
Honestly, as much as we say the Ravens f'd up and lost a bunch of players, Dumer in Baltimore is an upgrade from Kruger.
Baltimore always steps in **** and ends up reaping the luck from it in terms of players and talent.
Giants got Brandon Myers. Jerry Reese is seriously the best GM. Between Jenkins, Myers, along with Rivers and Bennett last year he is probably the best FA gm out there.
@JimIrsay: ColtFans,we already past the cap cash wise/ we're workin on a deal,1 we've been workin on for 5 days/ we're very,very close 2 making it work
@JimIrsay: Colt Fans,hint------ it's a Wide Receiver!!
@JimIrsay: We're still n the hunt for WR n others..it's never DONE until it's DONE! We ride the roller coaster,just like u guys! Nerve racking stuff!
@JimIrsay: We r still in fight for WR n others...we've landed everyone we've targeted...my gut feeling--- we're not through..it's hour to hour-EXCITING
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This isn't anything that hasn't been done in the past (under the table, or in secret). The three day window just speeds things up in terms of officially knowing where you can visit. I'm sure players like Kruger who signed as soon as free agency opened did the same thing.DeVito courtship suggests violation of pre-free agency rules
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2013, 6:12 AM EDT
Last Saturday, the NFL opened for the first time in a non-lockout year a three-day window for negotiating with agents for upcoming free agents. Given that the league used a similar period after the 2011 lockout, it was widely assumed that agreements in principle could be reached during this period, as long as the contracts weren’t formally executed until after the launch of free agency.
Then, on the day before the window opened, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo that essentially closed it, scaring teams into not talking the same type of turkey they had intended with a threat of the least-used weapon in the NFL arsenal: the tampering investigation.
Through it all, it was clear that teams and agents “may not discuss or make any travel arrangements” until the launch of free agency. Which makes the first paragraph from an article by Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com particularly interesting.
“It was Monday night, and Mike DeVito was getting ready for a flight to Kansas City,” Cimini writes. “There was an offer on the table from the Chiefs — a good offer — and he was leaving the next day to sign it.”
Those facts, apparently gleaned from a phone interview with DeVito, suggest a violation of the letter and spirit of the restrictions on the negotiating window. And before Chiefs fans start accusing us of trying to start trouble for their team, we mention this only because the March 8 memo expressly threatened tampering investigations, and because most teams had seemed to be scared into not doing anything that could cross the line.
In the end, it could be that teams were crossing the line, but insisting on discretion from agents.
Regardless, the process apparently gave teams a chance to understand the market for unrestricted free agents — and essentially kill it.
If they were going to do a tampering investigation every single team in the NFL would lose draft picks.
GMs and agents are always looking for the inside track. It is human nature. As long as there are no victims, I don't see what the problem is. The Jets were free to negotiate with Devito at any time.
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Report: Greg Jennings passed on Patriots offer http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151424/article/report-greg-jennings-turned-down-new-england-patriots-offer?campaign=Twitter_atl …
By Kareem Copeland
Greg Jennings made a bold decision when he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He took the most money offered (five years, $47.5 million, $18 million guaranteed), but he said the Vikings made him feel wanted.
The Vikings, however, did not offer the most talented offense. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn reported the Packers proposed a deal that averaged $8 million per year. McGinn added the New England Patriots were willing to put up $6 million per year.
So Jennings bypassed the opportunity to team up with two different quarterbacks who have regular season and Super Bowl MVP awards (Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady) for the unspectacular Christian Ponder - and possibly Matt Cassel.
This isn't knocking the decision. NFL players have precious few opportunities to reach free agency in a league without fully-guaranteed contracts. Football is a violent game, and careers can end at any moment. Jennings saw this up close with safety Nick Collins. This is the last major deal that Jennings, 29, will get. I'm all for players maximizing what they can earn on the open market. Players have to do what's best for their families - and that includes factors beyond the football field.
The contrast in quarterbacks, however, is an interesting note.
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Who the F is Brandon Myers?
Jim Corbett, USA TODAY Sports
PHOENIX -- The desert surrounding the Arizona Biltmore resort provides a fitting backdrop for the four-day NFL owners' meetings that began Sunday. A week into free agency, the money has dried up.
A soft market, lacking the lavish, long-term deals of the recent past, has forced a market correction: Many players are taking shorter-term deals, hoping for another shot at free agency in 2015, when the $123 million salary cap is expected to rise.
With the exception of the five-year, $60 million deal given to wide receiver Mike Wallace by the Miami Dolphins, and a few other healthy contracts, the big money just isn't there.
Gone is the profligate overspending made infamous by the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles' "Dream Team'' and last year's six-year, $100 million deal the Buffalo Bills awarded to defensive end Mario Williams.
Teams have made it clear they're no longer willing to mortgage the future, forcing players and agents to adjust. Late last week, players who thought they'd be able to pick and choose from several long-term suitors began scrambling to find even one-year, prove-it deals.
"Things have changed -- the Yellow Brick Road has now turned dark charcoal,'' said Alan Herman, an agent for 30 years who represents New York Giants tackle Will Beatty. "We're not getting free-agent deals like we had a year ago. And the trend will continue at least another year.
"So from the agent perspective, you try (to) sign your guys for a shorter term to hit free agency a second time. You're almost forced to do that.''
Some agents, like C.J. LaBoy, are lamenting a collective bargaining agreement that, LaBoy says, didn't put enough money into salaries. On Saturday, LaBoy tweeted:
"Have to applaud the owners for shoving such a bad deal down the players throats and making out like bandits. They knew what they were doing."
The top pass rushers, who once commanded big money, now are relatively cheap. New Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril received a two-year, $15 million deal, followed by Michael Bennett at one year for $5 million.
And the whole fiasco involving Elvis Dumervil's botched re-signing with the Denver Broncos came about because the tight market provided no leverage for Dumervil. More indication there's little money out there: Dumervil, now a free agent because of the snafu, says he wants to return to the Broncos.
New Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller signed a one-year, $4.25-million deal – after earlier turning down a four-year deal from Miami with the same annual average. When he tried the market, he found there was no market, and the projection for next year's salary cap is flat.
"It's going to be flat for a while, and I'm not sure agents and players saw it that way,'' Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. "They're not getting what they expected. When Keller first hit the market, he was thinking long-term, big money.
"But jobs start drying up. And if players are offered a one-year deal, they're taking it, hoping they can get better later.''
The $123 million cap is $5 million per team below what it was in 2009.
Former Green Bay Packers executive and ex-agent Andrew Brandt blames the soft market partly on a reduced number of shoppers: the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, for instance, are in salary cap jail.
"We're already, very quickly in free agency, downsizing to the shorter deals, and the majority now will be one-year deals,'' said Brandt, an ESPN business analyst. "Everybody hopes if they can't get what they want now, they'll get what they want later.''
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher signed a two-year, $6-million pact with an eye on cashing in again in the near future. A nickel cornerback who started 26 of 43 games, including four last season for the St. Louis Rams, Fletcher, 26, will compete for a starting job.
"If you think you've seen a lot of two-year deals so far, just wait over the next couple of weeks and the next couple of months,'' Fletcher's agent Andy Simms said. "We took a deal that still gives (Fletcher) $2 million in guaranteed money but it allows him to hit the market again at 28, in his prime.''
After hearing dire forecasts at the scouting combine in February, Herman urged Beatty to accept the five-year, $38.75-million deal, including $19 million guaranteed from the Giants. Beatty grabbed his deal early in free agency.
"There was a very strong prediction from general manager after general manager that the free-agent market was going to be horrible,'' Herman said.
"I haven't seen a year like this. I'm happy we did the deal when we did it.''
It also has hurt that two traditional big spenders, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sat this one out as a result of salary-cap sanctions for overspending during 2010's uncapped year. The Redskins were hit by a $36 million penalty spread evenly over this year and last. The Cowboys entered free agency with roughly $177,000 in cap space.
"I think Jerry is one of the most frustrated owners in the NFL right now because he couldn't spend the way he wanted,'' Herman said. "When those guys are in, it drives prices up.''