Originally Posted by ClosingTime
I have stayed out of this discussion cause I can't really figure out how it got so messy so quick and there must have been something that happened that hasn't been reported.
BUT, if you think this is going to send a good message to the players, or a message you want to send to the players you are high on crack. This has done nothing but foment distrust and antagonism from the players towards management evidenced by the recurring quotes from 'unidentified Pats players' that 'if this is the way they treat Branhc who is said to be their tyope of player how are they going to deal with the rest of us?' So if the Pats want to keep playng hardball they can continue to see their FAs walk, even if the money is the same and there certainly be no more hometown discounts a la BRady and Bruschi. Wasn't Bruschi even quoted last year kicking himself for giving the hometown discount?
Playing hardball all the time may make you look like a tough, assertive negotiator but more often than not doesn't garner what you seek. Remember, you catch more flies with honey thatn vinegar.
I disagree. Your assuption is they just played harball. WRONG!
They made a fair and decent offer to a guy who held out of preseason
Players will not see that as a hardball .. no give ... policy.
They will see a player who was still under contract ... not living up to that
contract ... but the PATs still giving him a very reasonable offer.
As I said, probably not as much as if he had waited but a very reasonaable
19+M over 3 years.
But after that offer they stood firm even when Branch's agent did not
counter with an alternative offer.
All Players are not dumb they know it was a reasonable thing the PATs did.
Patriots should come out of this thing looking pretty good.