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How Would Having the Draft Before Free Agency Impact Players?

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Gary Myers has an article this morning discussing certain aspects of the labor situation. One issue he raises is that of the Draft potentially taking place before free agency.

"I don't think the players union likes that," one GM said. "They would rather have free agency prior to the draft. It benefits the players more. From my standpoint, I really like it after the draft. This way, when you do go and buy, you're saying we have a need we didn't fill in during the draft."


Do you agree with that statement? I think I disagree with it. Having the Draft later gives players more leverage in negotiations. If a team needs a wide receiver, it can try and talk down Braylon Edwards' price by noting it can pick up a receiver in the Draft. With that avenue gone, teams will need to fill remaining holes through free agency after the Draft.