First of all, I'm not talking about this season. Does the player have to SIGN the franchise tender before it's legal for the team to trade him? I just read that Corey Simon was released by Philadelphia a couple years ago because he wouldn't sign a franchise tender. Without the player's signing, does the team "own" nothing to trade? Philly chose to release him rather than having him sit out until Week 10? Couldn't Philly have let him sit till Week 10 then franchised him again the following year, hoping to trade him? They released him out of goodwill and not wanting a bad rep among players? Just wondering all this in case it's advantageous to sign & trade A$$ante next March.