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Offer sheet deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET Friday

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Concudan, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
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    With the league deadline for signing restricted free agents to offer sheets set for Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET, some teams are holding their cards close to the vest and other teams are simply holding their breath.

    There remain a few dozen restricted free agents -- players with three seasons of experience in the league and who have been tendered qualifying offers by their current teams -- who have yet to sign contracts. Those players have until Friday to sign an offer sheet with a new team. Their original club would then have seven days to either match the offer sheet and inherit the contract, or pass on it and accept compensation from the new team.

    Clearly, the most prominent restricted free agent still on the market is San Diego Chargers running back Michael Turner, the backup to LaDainian Tomlinson and a coveted performer who has been the subject of considerable trade talk for the past month. But if Turner switches teams, with Tennessee and Buffalo his most ardent suitors, it likely will be via a sign-and-trade deal rather than by signing an offer sheet with another club.

    As of Thursday morning, three restricted free agents had switched teams this year via offer sheets that were not matched by their original franchises. Defensive tackle Shaun Smith went from Cincinnati to Cleveland. Linebacker Ryan Fowler relocated to Tennessee from Dallas. And punter Donnie Jones on Wednesday was allowed to move on to St. Louis when Miami declined to match the five-year, $5.59 million offer sheet he signed with the Rams last week.

    The Dolphins opted instead to accept a seventh-round choice in this year's draft from the Rams as compensation for signing Jones.

    Two other restricted players -- Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub (to Houston) and Miami wide receiver and return specialist Wes Welker (to New England) -- changed teams in trades. And two players, San Francisco punter Andy Lee and Texans fullback Vonta Leach, remained with their original franchises when those teams matched offer sheets the players signed with other clubs. Lee had signed with Pittsburgh and Leach with the New York Giants.
  2. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    So what if he signes the offer sheet. We can still trade him to whoever.
  3. exodus

    exodus Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    Well, I guess that's that. The deadline passed so let's see if anything happens next week.
  4. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    I think we can match it and retain him. Or, let him walk and we get the 1st & 3rd of the team that signs him.

    Oh wait, just read that more in depth .. I think a trade is still an option even if he does sign the offer sheet.
  5. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    ironically this might mean more people are interested in turner because there's no longer the demand of a 1 & 3 for Turner and now there can be a more flexible deal.
  6. loweezy

    loweezy BoltTalker

    Nov 26, 2006
    I don't think it changes anything.

    I don't think any team was planning to give up a 1st and a 3rd for him (If they did then we'd all welcome it with open arms). AJ just set the price tag high enough so that they could dictate what they want for Turner.

    Once the deadline passes, the Chargers still have the option of trading him to the highest bidder or keeping him.
  7. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    The trade deadline will come and go. Its what happens in one week. Friday of next week the phone will be ringing off the hook for A.j.. He'll probably have 3 or 4 teams on constant hold on his telephone. Friday night will be even worse. Saturday morning will be a mad house. The same thing will happen with turners agent trying to oraganize contracts with teams. MY guess is turners agent will have possibly two contracts already drawn up that he'll accept. So if it comes down to the last hour he has something to work with.:icon_eek:
  8. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

    Aug 20, 2006
    :lol: I'm laughing at the avatar... I still can't get over it... it's too fuggin' funny. :lol:
  9. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    todays friday.
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