Originally Posted by JSn
So is it true that Cassel agent was able to negotiate in between the decision to franchise Matt and the submission of the tender acceptance letter to the NFL?
- Feb. 5 -- First day that teams may designate franchise or transition players NFL key dates - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com
- Feb 5 -- New England Patriots apply the Franchise Tag to Matt Cassel New England - Pro Football Weekly
- Feb 7 -- Cassel accepts the Franchise Tag Cassel to sign franchise tender - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com
Time for negotiating with another club, 2 days, "but" by NFL rules, Cassel's old contract with the NE Patriots remains in effect until Feb 27, any contact between Cassel and another club would be "tampering" unless NE had received and granted a request to open talks with Cassel and his agent. To answer your question: not without written permission from the NEP.
What we think we know: there are 31 teams salivating for a chance to trade for Cassel.
What we know: Cassel is the property of the New England Patriots and 31 other teams are looking at their QB prospects and wondering how they can acquire Tom Brady.
When the basic premise of your hypothesis is wrong, link it to global warming and submit a 2000 page "proof." Your Nobel prize for "science" is in the mail.
And finally what we want: An announcement on Friday reporting Matt Cassel has been traded to "X" for "Y-squared" number of draft picks and/or "Z" big name players. My personal favorite: Kansas City trades their 2009 #3 overall pick to New England for Matt Cassel and New England's #23 overall; New England trades KC's #3 overall to Dallas for Jason Witten and Dallas' 2010 1st round pick; Jason Witten is so grateful for his rescue he extends his current contract for 'League minimum salaries, plus Super Bowl incentives, for the length of Tom Brady's career.'