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A couple of suspicious trades...

Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:02 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 10:05 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

A story about two rookie late-round picks getting traded for one another rarely creates a ripple. But when those rookie late-rounders get cut almost immediately after the trade, it’s worth noting. Why? Because when a team cuts a player the same year they drafted that player, that team is required to put 85 percent of the player’s salary into a rookie pool. The money from the pool goes back to rookies early next year based on the number of downs played in 2010.

But when a player is traded and then cut by his new team, no money goes into the pool. In other words, teams circumvent the rule.

This is why the NFLPA is closely examining two recent trades made by the Redskins and Rams. The Redskins sent sixth-round pick Dennis Morris to the Rams for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick. The Rams sent fifth-round pick Hall Davis to the Redskins for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick.

Shanahan said that Morris was traded because he wasn’t going to make the 53-man roster. But, apparently, neither was Davis. The Redskins cut Davis one day after acquiring him. If you don’t believe they were trying to avoid paying 85 percent to the rookie pool, then, by default, you believe that they traded  for a guy and, after just one practice, determined he wasn’t going to make their team.

Morris is still on the Rams roster, but that could change Saturday.

The Cardinals and Eagles also pulled off a similar trade. The Cardinals swapped sixth-round rookie Jorrick Calvin for Philly’s sixth-rounder, Charles Scott. Both are still on their new rosters…for now.

Again, the NFLPA is examining both situations. If it’s determined that these four teams are pulling a fast one (and, honestly, it appears fairly obvious that they are) then it will be interesting to see whether there will be any repercussions. It could just wind up leading to a few more paragraphs in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2010 1:20 am

A couple of suspicious trades...

I can't speak on the other teams, but the Cardinals were really hurting at FB (which Scott is) before the trade due to injuries. Doesn't mean it's legit, but on the face of it that seems a possible legitimate reason - get a player at a position of need for someone you were going to cut anyway. Even if it's unlikely that player will be good enough, it's better than having no one.

I guess we'll see what shakes out.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2010 12:35 am

A couple of suspicious trades...

That's some good info there.  I didn't know about the 85% rule.  Interesting that this hasn't gone on more in the past.  I wonder if the NFL Watchdogs keep an eye out for this to ensure it doesn't happen.  Because like you said how fishy is it that Hall Davis hasn't even unpacked his bags yet and was already cut after getting traded for...

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