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Von Dumbass
07-12-2009, 02:07 PM
Key deadline coming for franchise players (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/07/12/key-deadline-coming-for-franchise-players/)
Posted by Mike Florio on July 12, 2009 9:58 AM

We've mentioned it a couple of times in the recent past, but since: (1) we've got nothing better to write about this morning as I prepare to don the officially-licensed Borat bathing suit and head to the beach; and (2) we've already pissed off a guy this weekend who'll never be slapped with the franchise tag, we decided to focus on a key upcoming date for the players who currently wear the franchise tag.

For the 2009 class of franchise players, the deadline for working out a long-term deal is Wednesday, July 15.

If no long-term deal is reached by then, the franchise player will be permitted to sign only a one-year contract with his current team.

As pointed out by our friends at Pewter Report, the rule also applies to players who have signed their one-year year franchise tenders, like Bucs receiver Antonio Bryant and Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.

Before 2006, teams had a brief window early in the offseason to sign franchise players to long-term deals. Thereafter, teams were actually prevented from signing franchise players to multi-year contracts until the middle of July.

The 2006 revision to the CBA also protects teams against inadvertently making a huge mistake. Previously, signing a player to a long-term deal during the prohibited period caused the team to lose the ability to use the franchise tag for the duration of the long-term deal. (We vaguely recall that the Bucs did just that with defensive end Chidi Ahanotu, their last franchise player before Bryant.)

Now, a long-term deal signed after the July 15 deadline simply won't be recognized by the league.

That's all for now. It's time for some sunbathing.

Later, table tennis and disco dance. Very nice!

Chocolate Hog
07-12-2009, 02:44 PM
The Chiefs don't have to sign Cassel to a long term deal HOmo

orange
07-12-2009, 05:22 PM
JohnNdallas says:
July 12, 2009 12:42 PM
Florio,

I would have thought you might have been cognizant enough to have mentioned how this will effect Matt Cassel. (Biggest trade to date) By him being traded after signing his offer, will that have any effect on this rule? And ,that you would have included in your post on what date after the deadline can teams again sign franchised players.

Inquiring Minds want to know!

Von Dumbass
07-12-2009, 06:00 PM
A closer look at the July 15 deadline (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/07/12/a-closer-look-at-the-july-15-deadline/)
Posted by Mike Florio on July 12, 2009 3:56 PM
In response to our item from earlier today regarding the July 15 deadline for signing franchise players to one-year contracts, our pal Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange tells us he was contacted by an NFL front-office executive who believes that the limitation does not apply where franchise players already have signed their one-year tenders.

Though the league and/or the NFL Players Association possibly apply the rule differently than it's written (frankly, it wouldn't be the first time), the plain language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement seems to indicate that the deadline applies to all franchise players, regardless of whether they have inked their one-year tender offers.

The key text comes from Article XX, Section 2(k) of the CBA: "Any Club designating a Franchise Player shall have until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on July 15 of the League Year (or, if July 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the first Monday thereafter) for which the designation takes effect to sign the player to a multi-year contract or extension. After that date, the player may sign only a one-year Player Contract with his Prior Club for that season, and such Player Contract may not be extended until after the Club's last regular season game."

We think that this includes players who have signed their tenders, for two reasons.

First, the provision doesn't restrict the application of the deadline to players who have not accepted their franchise tenders.

Second, although the final sentence arguably implies that it applies only to a player who has not yet signed the tender, the word just before the final sentence -- "extension" -- implies even more strongly that it applies to players who are already under a one-year contract, by virtue of signing the tender.

There would be nothing to extend if the player hasn't signed the one-year tender.

Still, we'll check with the NFL to see whether the interpretation meshes with the articulation. If nothing else, it'll give us the basis for another blurb during the ssslow time.