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Still unresolved: Player transactions

Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 1:08 pm
 
Now that the league has responded to Court Judge Susan Nelson's court order, the question is: When does free agency and the league year begin? My guess: Not until sometime after this weekend. Remember, the league is waiting for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on another motion to stay Nelson's preliminary injunction and intends to follow with an appeal -- if the motion is not granted.

In the meantime, the league early this afternoon announced that it will be open for business as usual, beginning at 8 a.m. EDT Friday and that clubs are allowed to distribute playbooks, meet with players, open their facilities and scheduled mini-camps and OTAs as they always have. What it did not announce was when the league year begins -- in other words, when it's OK to start collecting off-season bonuses, sign free agents and trade players.

The feeling in league circles is that it would be too disorderly to put something like that in place this weekend; that clubs could move on to player transactions after completing this weekend's three-day draft. Critics contend that isn't fair and isn't what Nelson intended when she lifted the workout, but in her order denying the league's request for a stay she said, "Nothing in the Court's order obligates to even enter into any contract with the Players."

The league interprets that proceeds as it sees fit, but to do it at its own risk. Consequently, the NFL has decided to welcome back players to work but not to start the 2011 league year. The league says it will notify clubs Friday when it intends to resume player transactions.  
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Still unresolved: Player transactions

is there anything in place to stop teams from having a team make a pick for them and them just trade the players they were going to either tomorrow or monday when all league business resumes?


Yes. The NFL has advised teams they cannot trade players related to this draft. A team cannot pick a player and trade their rights. So they would have to sign the player, and eat the bonus if they were to trade team this year.

It would also make the case for the players there is colusion.

Teams cannot do what you ask.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Still unresolved: Player transactions

not only does nothing preclude it, it is exactly what is going on. You will see some curious picks this weekend. lets not forget that only the first round is tonight. It doesn't really matter if it is resolved tonight or in two weeks as you can't sign your picks until then anyway, but it does involve an awful lot of trust as there is nothing precluding a team from changing it's mind after the draft either.

Maybe you draft a DE thinking you will trade him, then yours gets hurt. You decide to keep him and your trade partner is stuck wiith the qb they drafted for you. I is a slippery slope, and GM's are not the most trustworthy group anyway.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Still unresolved: Player transactions

I don't see anything in there that would prohibit what you are suggesting. The NFL should just say until we hear otherwise business as usual but instead their Ego is still in the way. As for the fan this draft wont be quite as exciting without the possibility of player trades. It also will hurt teams as they will more htan likely draft differently than they had if free agnecy had started and trades were allowed. No win all around for the players and the league.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Still unresolved: Player transactions

No but the risk would be if the 8th circuit doesn't rule on the stay until tomorrow and then rules the stay is authorized until a full appeal is heard. If a team drafted for another team pending the green light for trades after the weekend, they'd be screwed.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Still unresolved: Player transactions

is there anything in place to stop teams from having a team make a pick for them and them just trade the players they were going to either tomorrow or monday when all league business resumes?


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