Excellent idea for a thread my friend. Kindof dovetails into this article I was just reading.....
Upcomming Contracts – the new CBA
Anyway, here is my analysis (actually, every player’s FA year is listed – via Walterfootball.com) (players that need to be resigned are bolded… players I feel we NEED to resign are bolded in purple):
Although I don't agree with all of his "Purple" bolding, I would venture to say that if they held out the team wouldn't do very well.
In most cases, yes, the owners have the leverage, but we might be seeing a new way of doing this, atleast from the players perspective that might change some of it.
a. They don't get injured. Can't get hurt if you don't play.
b. If several players stuck together (i.e. whats going on in San Diego this year) the team might just have to buckle.
c. If a player is disruptive enough (i.e. Haynesworth) the team might have to buckle as well.
We saw that most recently with a couple of Bronco players now didn't we.
When I mention injury I'm talking players that miss TC and maybe a few games run a greater chance of injury, when they do come back.
I gotcha, I was just putting another spin on it.
Several players sticking together is even more dumb as they sign individual contracts. I would say "here's your deal" if the other guy signs first this deal is off the table and it won't get better, as we've committed our premium $$$ to this deal. First to sign wins.
I see your point, but I find it interesting that the Chargers players seem to be doing this as a unit.
Who won in the Cutler situation? The Broncos, getting great draft picks.
I don't think the Bronco's won. They lost a franchise QB and finished with a worse record than they would have with Cutler under center.
In fact, I wouldn't take any of thier QB's right now over Cutler.
Is the other one Brandon Marshall? His stats are going to dive with the run first Dolphins. Thus, his value will also drop.
Yes, and I don't think his stats are going to drop that much.
They are a run first, run second team, but I think Henne is ready to take the next step. All he needs is a WR to throw to. In Marshall, he has that and in the end, both he and Cutler didn't want to play with the Bronco's anymore and got moved, even though it was ugly.
Seems they won to me.
Again, my point in all of this is that because the times (CBA) have changed, we might see new ways that players attack this situation, especially if a team has a bunch of players all due contracts and they have either the same agent, or atleast a couple of agents who are willing to work together.
I think it would/will get real ugly, real fast, if say 4 or 5 of the guys in the article I listed decided to join forces and hold out together.