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 Post subject: Free Agency to be delayed 3 days
PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:14 pm 
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NFL | Free agency starting three days later
Thu, 2 Mar 2006 14:06:44 -0800

ESPNews reports the NFL has delayed the start of free agency by three days. It was previously scheduled to begin Friday, March 3.




Could this be a sign of further talks or are they just giving the teams more time to get under the cap?


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Free agency was delayed but teams still must comply with the cap at 10:00 EST tonight from what I read. This just means teams can't sign players until Monday. The cap deadline was extended though:

From ESPN: Friday is the beginning of the new NFL fiscal year. Every team must be under the salary cap by 10 p.m. ET Thursday, a six-hour reprieve from the original 4 p.m. ET deadline for cap compliance.

I do think this signals that more talks may occour over the weekend.

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Correction! I read the ESPN article and it appears that "Bloody Thursday" is now "Bloody Sunday."

Without a new deal, teams that expected a cap about $10 million higher would have to cut players to become cap compliant, casting more players onto the market, but leaving little cap space to sign them. That deadline has been pushed back until 6 p.m. ET Sunday.

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Well let's hope they can get a deal done. Another $10 million of cap space means the Falcons can at least be in the hunt for one big name free agent. We'd still be minor players compared to most other teams in the league, but we could at least could make competitive offers for a few guys.

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If this $10 mill is added does that put us under the cap?

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the falcons should have been under the cap with the Vick restructure. let's assume Brady's 2.5 million gets us under for argument's sake. that leaves 9.5 million to spend.


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http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9273738/2

- Sportsline's breakdown of the top 50 free agents. The two I'd like for us to look at, that would actually be realistic to sign are.

Chris Hope - S, Steelers and Will Demps - S, Ravens

Archuletta was another mentioned, but I don't particularly like his cover skills. To me, we need to add at least one vet to the safety spots.


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