After initial free-agent flurry, some big names still available (1 Viewer)

Dan in Lafayette

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The first week of free agency had an unpredicted flurry of signings, and the money used to sign the first 60 players came in about 17 percent higher than last year's first week of free agency.

The players have to be excited that in a year where the free-agent talent pool was supposedly weaker than in recent years the money was still there. The next question is: Has the money dried up and are the rest of the remaining free agents left with little negotiating power?

In some positions that could be true, but in others there is still some guaranteed money to be had for the lucky few. Keep in mind, teams are still releasing players into the talent pool for salary cap reasons, such as linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive back Kelly Herndon, and there are a few restricted free agents who could get good offers to leave their respective clubs. Full Story –

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