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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NBT, Ballard is on the cheapest deal you can find for a rookie contract.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NinjaZX6R wrote:
NBT, Ballard is on the cheapest deal you can find for a rookie contract.


He isn't going to be on his rookie contract next season, he is a ERFA [Exclusive Rights Free Agent], that's a new contract if the Patriots choose to tender him.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billy Spikes wrote:
NinjaZX6R wrote:
NBT, Ballard is on the cheapest deal you can find for a rookie contract.


He isn't going to be on his rookie contract next season, he is a ERFA [Exclusive Rights Free Agent], that's a new contract if the Patriots choose to tender him.


No, he's still under his rookie deal because he was ineligible to play last year

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The same is true in Ballard's case, although with only two seasons of accrued experience, he would have been an exclusive-rights free agent, where the Patriots would have controlled his rights. He is now under contract for 2013, like Pryor.


http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4733899/pryor-ballard-ineligible-for-this-season
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unusual situation that works for our favor, gotta love it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three new additions to the free-agency pool, Falcons released RB Michael Turner, CB Dunta Robinson and DE John Abraham.

I will probably only be interested in Abraham out of those 3, if he wants to come in on a cheap contract to be a part-time pass rusher.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abraham is really intriguing. He's declining, but seems like the kind of guy who could give the Pats some good snaps as a part-time player.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bengals DE Michael Johnson is getting the franchise tag.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciz wrote:
Abraham is really intriguing. He's declining, but seems like the kind of guy who could give the Pats some good snaps as a part-time player.


I'd rather seek out a part time DT than DE... Ninkovich leaves something to be desired, but far from the weakest link up front, except on rushing downs where Abraham wouldn't even help anyway.

I do prefer Abraham to Freeney though.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bills are placing the franchise tag on Jairus Byrd.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billy Spikes wrote:
Bengals DE Michael Johnson is getting the franchise tag.
And it sounds like that's a guy the Pats wanted to hit the market.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciz wrote:
Billy Spikes wrote:
Bengals DE Michael Johnson is getting the franchise tag.
And it sounds like that's a guy the Pats wanted to hit the market.


Yea i took an extensive look at Johnson a few weeks ago, woulda been prime across Chandler for years.
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Billy Spikes wrote:
Bengals DE Michael Johnson is getting the franchise tag.


Well...there goes number 1 on my "Maybe they won't tag him" mindless optimism list.

Billy Spikes wrote:
The Bills are placing the franchise tag on Jairus Byrd.


...and there goes number two.

Now all I need is for the bears to tag Melton and I can officially stop kidding myself.

...there's a chance they won't, right? Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billy Spikes wrote:
The Bills are placing the franchise tag on Jairus Byrd.
god.dammit.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChazStandard wrote:
Now all I need is for the bears to tag Melton and I can officially stop kidding myself.

...there's a chance they won't, right? Sad

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Sciz wrote:
ChazStandard wrote:
Now all I need is for the bears to tag Melton and I can officially stop kidding myself.

...there's a chance they won't, right? Sad

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