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Collusion behind sluggish signings?

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07:22 AM ET 02.27 | To date, most of the personnel news has come in the form of cap casualties -- real or imagined -- but that may change soonish. For years the Combine was the incubator for deal talks and coagulating the market for top free agents. However, this particular Combine saw less activity than any I can ever remember. Many of the agents I spoke with claim all the salary cap managers were reading from the same script. And actually in comparing notes and listening to several teams it did sound that way. (The Players Association likes to call that collusion. No one has yet to prove it's happening on a formal basis.) One very simple theory I have as to why the deal flow could be so slow: TIME! The gap between the Combine and the beginning of free agency (March 11) is wider than it's ever been.

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Jared Allen, Icon Sports Jared Allen, Icon Sports
February 27, 2014  07:36 AM ET

Holding!

10-yard penalty, replay 2nd down.

February 27, 2014  07:42 AM ET

I did not realize 'soonish' is a word. They love throwing that C word out there.

February 27, 2014  08:06 AM ET

If all the salary cap managers are reading from the Cowboys script, then someone's lying their butts off.

February 27, 2014  08:19 AM ET

... possibly teams are getting smarter about signing big name past their prime players to large contracts?

February 27, 2014  08:24 AM ET

The NFL just doesn't make enough money..... poor free agents. How are these players going to buy an NFL team after they retire?

February 27, 2014  08:47 AM ET

The Player Association and the owners have very different ideas about budgets.

February 27, 2014  08:53 AM ET

And the draft has been moved back


There's no reason to rush into anything. Just another non story.

February 27, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just another non story.

Offered up by the masters of non-stories...

February 27, 2014  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I did not realize 'soonish' is a word. They love throwing that C word out there.

That's a 15 yard penalty, you are thrown out of the game and will receive a $15,000.00 fine next week

February 27, 2014  09:30 AM ET

"Collusion behind sluggish signings?" Nope, it was all that cheese served at the Combine breakfast.

February 27, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I did not realize 'soonish' is a word.

It's a bit precious, eh? For a sports article.

February 27, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I did not realize 'soonish' is a word.

Oklahoma grad...

February 27, 2014  10:49 AM ET

I say collude away boys. Salaries are insane.

February 27, 2014  02:30 PM ET

It's dawning on many teams that there are a lot of FAs available, that many rookies are becoming starters, and that expensive older FAs are often less effective than less expensive options (with some/a few notable exceptions).

February 27, 2014  02:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

It's dawning on many teams that there are a lot of FAs available, that many rookies are becoming starters, and that expensive older FAs are often less effective than less expensive options (with some/a few notable exceptions).

an unexpected consequence of the rookie salary cap. Cheaper draft signees make veteran free agents less valuable. Most teams will wait until after the draft, then try and fill any remaining holes with bargain FAs

February 27, 2014  02:51 PM ET
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Oklahoma grad...

They have grads there?

February 27, 2014  04:41 PM ET
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an unexpected consequence of the rookie salary cap. Cheaper draft signees make veteran free agents less valuable. Most teams will wait until after the draft, then try and fill any remaining holes with bargain FAs

Same thing that's happening in MLB with a salary cap on draftees.

February 27, 2014  11:38 PM ET
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That's a 15 yard penalty, you are thrown out of the game and will receive a $15,000.00 fine next week

Those will all be pale in comparison to the media coverage the offending player will receive.

 
February 28, 2014  12:13 PM ET

Ah come on! If you are good enough and your contact demands are not excessive, then there will be more teams waiting outside your door than you can imagine.

Jeesh!

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