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  1. Otto

    Ron Borges gets catfished, kisses career goodbye (we hope)

    This is what sticks out to me. Yee has been Brady's agent for almost 20 years, but a guy who writes about the Patriots doesn't have him in his contacts or know what he sounds like (hint: he doesn't sound like "Nick from Boston")? Just one example among many: every nominally engaged NFL writer...
  2. Otto

    Arrests in Major NCAA College Basketball Probe

    I don't disagree. I'm saying something slightly different, which is that the basketball problem has been particularly difficult to police (to date - which is why this case will be really interesting to follow) because otherwise legitimate enterprises (sneaker companies) fund the violations...
  3. Otto

    Arrests in Major NCAA College Basketball Probe

    I agree with the general concept, but I disagree that football players and basketball players have the same things. The basketball player comes up the ranks of his AAU club in an established structure, whereby Sneaker Brand A is paying for their uniforms, their new court, and lining the...
  4. Otto

    Arrests in Major NCAA College Basketball Probe

    The sneaker companies have set up a well oiled, dirty machine. They fund the AAU programs, pay the AAU guys, fund the $ to get those players to the universities they have deals with, and then are first in line for the players who become NBA draft picks to sign endorsement agreements. And then...
  5. Otto

    2017 Butler Watch: Love Me Tender

    There's a rule, and it was changed in the current CBA (i.e., since the Welker trade). The most recent change (bolded/italicized) adds a clumsy trade provision (player must sign new contract prior to being traded, which is cap ignorant; or player must sign the tender and then be traded, which...
  6. Otto

    Gillislee is a Patriot

    Of course, I can't resist a CBA question. The player has no incentive to renegotiate with his original club if they match, because Article 13 of the CBA says that, even though the the first renegotiation of a Veteran Player Contract may take place at any time, the contract of a Veteran Player...
  7. Otto

    2017 Butler Watch: Love Me Tender

    Even if Butler gets a new contract, it won't be that complicated. I don't know this particular agent so this is a general statement only, but its not like Agent A can't figure out how to get "that" contract structured but Agent B can. In a situation like this, if an agent change is quickly...
  8. Otto

    2017 Butler Watch: Love Me Tender

    The agent thing is a non-story. Every player is in "agent shopping mode," whether anyone else hears about it or not.
  9. Otto

    CB Sherman Watch: BB No Longer Interested?

    Sherman wants a new contract, which is why Seattle is telling the world about trade talks. Sherman wants to call their bluff, so "sources" say he would be open to trades to XYZ teams. More to the point, would New England want to give Sherman the new contract he wants?
  10. Otto

    Revis: Back to the Future?

    For starters, the 2017 minimum for a player with 10+ Credited Seasons is $1 million. So even in that scenario, you have to account for the $1 million offset. Plus, albeit on a smaller scale, but the offset credit includes amounts paid for performance based pay. That hypothetical minimum...
  11. Otto

    Revis: Back to the Future?

    This makes no sense. The Jets will pay him $6 million, minus whatever he earns elsewhere this season (if anything). So what is his starting point to play in 2017? Stated differently, how much more than $6 million will it take to sign him?
  12. Otto

    2017 Butler Watch: Love Me Tender

    There are other possible explanations, but the timing of the visit (not till Thursday) suggests that they (Saints/Butler and Saints/Patriots) aren't even close to a deal yet.
  13. Otto

    2017 Butler Watch: Love Me Tender

    Short answer is no, I don't see that as a blunder. I generally expect that a player like Hightower (established / high quality player coming off his rookie deal) would remain in the mix with his original club, absent some extenuating circumstances related to cap issues or team structure...
  14. Otto

    2017 Butler Watch: Love Me Tender

    Not to derail this thread, but do people really think the agent "doesn't understand" the various options and strategies available to him and his client? This thread is three pages long - if you answered yes, do you think someone could read these three pages and understand the various options...
  15. Otto

    Well Done: Cooks' Season One in NE

    Two things: (1) the agent blame is unwarranted without a lot more information; and (2) the "new guy agent can't expect to negotiate a free agent deal with team XYZ" is a common refrain from older agents ... who were certified before the NFLPA gave a real exam. Its a contract negotiation. New...
  16. Otto

    2017 NFL draft discussion/mock drafts

    I don't subscribe to BLESTO or National either, yet I get both reports every year. If I can get them, I'm going to guess the Patriots could too, if they wanted to. More to the point, those reports don't tell you much. Scroll through the websites of NFL teams who participate in BLESTO or...
  17. Otto

    The evolution and evaluation of Jamie Collins

    A significant portion of projected first- and second-round picks (among others) in the 2017 NFL Draft have already received several hundred thousand dollar advances of their future earnings. They aren't voting for union representation who will defer any of their earnings.* * Not that I...
  18. Otto

    Cheatriots caught again - Ninkovich Suspended 4 Games

    I don't know enough about that aspect of testing to have an opinion.
  19. Otto

    Cheatriots caught again - Ninkovich Suspended 4 Games

    Insulin Growth Factor is a banned substance.