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Offline marklawrence

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1st week results:
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:50:32 AM »
2015 NFL Salary Cap: $141.8 / team
2015 NFL Players:  53 per team = 1696 total
Players changing team in 1st week of free agency: 92
Guaranteed money to those 92 players: $634m = 4.5 * salary cap
Cash outlays to those 92 players: $386m = 2.7 * salary cap
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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2015, 11:43:31 AM »
Down the road, it would be interesting to look back and see how many of those players make it 2 years with their team. Easy, but time consuming information to obtain.

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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2015, 02:05:25 PM »
From MMQB:

How To Win Free Agency: Don’t Play


"“As our experience shows,” former Eagles president Joe Banner said Monday, “there are lots of unknowns in free agency. They’re not your own players, and you don’t really know them the way you know your own guys. My advice now is, Proceed with caution. It’s a total crapshoot.”

Which bodes ill for this year’s wild spenders—the Jets, Eagles (again), Dolphins, Jaguars and Titans—as we reach the end of free agency’s first week. Hold onto your calculators. Each of those five teams, according to published contract figures, has committed more than $100 million to free agents. On average, those five teams have spent $134 million on new contracts for unrestricted players on the market.

It’s an annual rite of spring—or of late winter: NFL teams trip all over themselves spending money on free agents. They do it even though, year after year, mounting evidence suggests (no, proves) that the free spending doesn’t result in more wins. It’s indisputable. With the exception of the occasional legitimate star player with good years left—Julius Peppers to Chicago in 2010, Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012, Mario Williams to Buffalo in 2012—going nuts in free agency has proved to be a negative in recent years"

http://mmqb.si.com/2015/03/17/2015-nfl-free-agency-compensatory-picks/

A good article in my view detailing the best method to work FA. Let people go - dont overpay - evaluate talent properly - draft and coach them up. Continually prime the pump with well considered (and inexpensive given the rookie contract system) players. Just because you've got spare change - doesn't mean you want to go throwing it onto the street.


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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2015, 04:51:36 PM »
From MMQB:

How To Win Free Agency: Don’t Play


"“As our experience shows,” former Eagles president Joe Banner said Monday, “there are lots of unknowns in free agency. They’re not your own players, and you don’t really know them the way you know your own guys. My advice now is, Proceed with caution. It’s a total crapshoot.”

Which bodes ill for this year’s wild spenders—the Jets, Eagles (again), Dolphins, Jaguars and Titans—as we reach the end of free agency’s first week. Hold onto your calculators. Each of those five teams, according to published contract figures, has committed more than $100 million to free agents. On average, those five teams have spent $134 million on new contracts for unrestricted players on the market.

It’s an annual rite of spring—or of late winter: NFL teams trip all over themselves spending money on free agents. They do it even though, year after year, mounting evidence suggests (no, proves) that the free spending doesn’t result in more wins. It’s indisputable. With the exception of the occasional legitimate star player with good years left—Julius Peppers to Chicago in 2010, Peyton Manning to Denver in 2012, Mario Williams to Buffalo in 2012—going nuts in free agency has proved to be a negative in recent years"

http://mmqb.si.com/2015/03/17/2015-nfl-free-agency-compensatory-picks/

A good article in my view detailing the best method to work FA. Let people go - dont overpay - evaluate talent properly - draft and coach them up. Continually prime the pump with well considered (and inexpensive given the rookie contract system) players. Just because you've got spare change - doesn't mean you want to go throwing it onto the street.

And yet every year we hear the same song and dance...........

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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 04:59:37 PM »
And yet every year we hear the same song and dance...........

What song and what dance?

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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2015, 05:38:19 PM »
Thank you, Mark, for quantifying the desperation of so many franchises. Yet, every year, as noted, like lemmings to the sea (yes, I know its a myth), the execs of the NFL go for the brass ring, that guy who will "put them over the top". And then those execs are replaced, and a new group of desperate ring chasers replace them.

Meanwhile, the top franchises fill their ranks through the draft, judicious use of FA, and always, always make sure their salary cap is healthy.
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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2015, 08:07:45 PM »
And yet every year we hear the same song and dance...........

What song and what dance?

Hysterics that we don't make a huge splash

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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2015, 11:21:47 AM »
And yet every year we hear the same song and dance...........

What song and what dance?

Hysterics that we don't make a huge splash

Haven't seen any of that.  The most I saw was disappointment we didn't get Knighton, not exactly what you would call a big splash as it would not have taken much to outbid Washington.

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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2015, 04:35:53 PM »
Hysterics that we don't make a huge splash

I thought we made two big splashes: Cobb and Bulaga!
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Re: 1st week results:
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2015, 07:10:29 AM »
Hysterics that we don't make a huge splash

I thought we made two big splashes: Cobb and Bulaga!

These are 2 of the bigger splashes but because these were our own guys moves like this are not exciting and thus don't get the kind of news coverage nationally compared to Seattle signing Graham or Miami signing Sue.