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Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:30 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson and Mike Freeman

On Thursday morning, the NFL said it would continue with the status quo , despite Judge Nelson ruling against their request for a stay. Unsurprisingly, the players disagree with their stance, and Jim Quinn and Jeffrey Kessler, attorneys for the players, sent out an email to all players and agents declaring they believe the league year to be open.

CBSSports.com has obtained a copy of that email correspondence, in which the NFLPA also states they believe the NFL will be in contempt of court if they don't open the league year immediately.

"Unless and until such a request is granted, however, we believe the 2011 League Year now has to begin. The NFL and the Clubs cannot collectively continue to refuse to deal with players. It is our view that the NFL &the Clubs will be in contempt of court if they do not comply with the order unless and until they hear differently from the 8th Circuit."

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Now, this doesn't change a whole lot, really, because the NFL is probably just going to ignore the NFLPA's request to begin the year.

They're also probably just going to ignore any calls from agents and players,

However, sources tell CBSSports.com that "some team phones are ringing off the hook" with agents flooding teams with requests for free agent business. Additionally, those sources said that some teams are "not refusing" to talk about free agency at the moment.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:57 am
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:22 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:43 am
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:58 pm
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Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

Does anybody really believe that some teams would not talk to players. There are plenty of coaches and owners willing to do anything to get an edge on their competition. They're probably all talking to free agents. Who the heck are we kidding here?



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

This is crazy. We know a deal is going to get done at some point. Quit posturing and start the year already with the same rules as last year. Uncapped, same free agency ect. I'm so sick of this whole thing I'm not going to watch the draft tonight.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:48 am
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

This is exactly what the league was afraid of and if teams decide to make moves, it could really hurt next year. Let's remember, part of the resason the NFL is so exciting is the parity that is lacking in other sports. And that parity is because of salary caps and restricted free agency. I hope no teams make any deals and I really think the ruling is irresponsible to just say "Sorry NFL, all of those rules that have helped make the sport great don't apply anymore, figure it out and deal with it." I understand some of her thinking, but I also can't see how removing all these trade and money rules and allowing the season to open is supposed to be beneficial. Without an agreement, a team could basically sign whoever they want for however much they want and, while I dont think teams will pull the trigger like that, small market teams aare basically taken out of the mix. 



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:47 am
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

The owners need to suck it up and start playing fairly now.  They no longer hold all the cards.  Of course, now I'm quite curious as to which teams are actually listening to offers....



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:39 am
 

Some teams 'not refusing' to talk to free agents

Every time the NFL continues to ignore Nelson's rulings the worse it is going to get for them. If their appeal fails then they've lost all the leverage they had and will have made an enemy of the judge in the process. They are acting like petulant children.


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