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Adam Tracey
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Adam Tracey

Lead writer for Windy City Gridiron, a Chicago Bears blog

Liberate the players


As a Bulls fan I have watched more Free Agency coverage then I did actual NBA action this past season. I think it is the one thing the NBA has right. They will never be able to generate the type of fanfare the NFL does for the season and/or draft, but Free Agency is hypnotizing. I know some are tired of it, but I can't get enough.

Personally, I don't like the franchise tag. I don't like a team being able to force a player to play for them. If they want to leave and they are outside their contract, they should get to leave. While money is a big issue, its not all about the money. Some players don't like the town they are in or may have clashes with other players, management or the system they are playing in is hindering their ability to reach their fullest potential. They should be able to get to a situation that better suits them. Football careers are over fast. Giving a team the ability to franchise a player twice before they get out, hampers a player's ability to get the best situation for them not only professionally and monetarily, but also personally. Two years in football is like 7 years in almost every other sport from a wear and tear standpoint. Two years equals millions upon millions lost for a player. It might be the difference between getting that big contract and being a cap casualty. I like the NBA's max contract clause and the ability of the current team to offer the extra year. In most cases if the player only wants money, they will stay. However, if the play wants to leave for any of these other reasons, it is probably best that they are allowed.

I get tired of these discussions about the team not having to honor their contract, so why should the player? I'd prefer to have an off season, where players can hold court and the intrigue of not knowing where they are going to go.

By Adam Tracey  |  July 8, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  | Category:  Collective Bargaining Agreement , Free Agency , NFL , NFL Rules Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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