On the positive side, the delay of NFL Free Agency till, at the earlies, Monday, gives me some extra time to put together my 2006 NFL Free Agency Resources post. On the downside, damn, we gotta wait!
Had talks broken down for good, as they appeared they had, the Minnesota Vikings would have been in the sweet position of being $24 million below the cap while most other teams would have to cut high-priced veterans, flooding the market with talent, lowering the asking prices for all free agents, in an environment when only a couple of teams–the Vikes and Cardinals most prominent among them–would be in a position to pay anyone anything.
The Vikes could practically have had their choice of free agents at bargain prices. That would have put them in the enviable positon of not only being positioned to get the top picks of the free agent litter, but it would have also greatly reduced the bargaining leverage of such players as Brian Williams and Koren Robinson.
But had that happened, the Vikings had better win the Super Bowl because with a lack of an agreement and, as a result, a salary-capless 2007 season, the Vikings would all of a sudden have transformed into the Twins of football, a small market team trying to compete against major media market free spenders such as the Washington Redskins.
The downside would have been far to dire; let’s count ourselves luck for the repreive.
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