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  1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
    Exactly. If you saturate the market, the top salaries will remain high, and a bidding war would probably make the high end players end up with more money. But overall, salaries would come down saving the owners money.

    They'll never call the players bluff on this, but it would be interesting if they did. In the 70s, when baseball was in the courts fighting for free agency, A's owner Charlie Finley suggested the idea of total (yearly) free agency to the other owners. Of course, they all looked at him like he was an idiot, but Marvin Miller, head of the players association, thought it was genius. He was the only other person who realized that if yearly free agency was offered, there would be no way the players could turn that down, but that it would ultimately save the owners a ton of money on salaries. Players would be fighting each other for the available jobs more than the teams fighting for players.

    Of course, yearly free agency would never fly, but in a sense, NFL contracts are year to year anyway. A modified version in the NFL may have the same effect. Of course, the draft is going nowhere, but I think it's something that the owners could use to quickly alter some their leverage as the CBA gets worked out.

    And honestly, how great would a made-for-TV auction be? 6 teams in on the QB wars, with Drew Brees, Michael Vick, Andrew Luck, Donovan McNabb, Alex Smith, Matt Leinart, Vince Young as the prizes. After the Saints win Drew Brees, and the Eagles win back Mike Vick, you now have the Redskins, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Broncos (who have prematurely given up on Tebow) fighting over Andrew Luck, with the losers' other options in plain view. The drama would be incredible.
  2. msclemons's Avatar
    I think you're right on a key point Trumpet. Without a draft overall salaries would decrease.

    Right now a team is "stuck" with it's pick as much as the player is stuck with a team. A 1st round choice can hold out and there is tremendous pressure on the team to get him signed. Without a draft if a prospect is intransigent the team can simply move on to the next prospect.

    Top ten guys will reap the rewards of bidding wars but the rest of the free agents could end up screwed.