Headline locally is that Rosenhaus (oh right, Briggs *wink*) has already moved off his "will never, never, ever, ever play another down for the Bears" to "will play only the last six games". I thought there was some requirement like that for the player to get credit toward eventual unrestricted free agency. I'd be interested in knowing whether or not a team could continue to fine someone from training camp all the way through week 10, otherwise it seems you'd be paying top dollar for 6 weeks of sub-par (a player not in 'game shape') play?
The proposed trade sounds plenty fair to the Bears on face value, using the Parcells handy-dandy draft chart, a move from 31 to 6 is the equivalent of getting the #16 overall pick for a player with four years of pro wear-and-tear. And I suspect only the Redskins would make such a Daniel Snyderish move. The problem here is that the Bears plan is pretty obviously to draft a replacement this year, someone who can play Will for them in '08.
I suppose another consideration is since this all started because of the Bears trying to cap-manage, and you'd have to pay a #6 quite a bit more than a #31 .. I can see a scenario where even if GM Angelo considers this, he may want to wait until draft day to see if a particular player he wants is on the board?
Originally posted by TheOldManI'd be interested in knowing whether or not a team could continue to fine someone from training camp all the way through week 10, otherwise it seems you'd be paying top dollar for 6 weeks of sub-par (a player not in 'game shape') play?
You can only fine someone if they're under contract. If he doesn't sign the contract until Week 10, you can't fine him.
Of course, this doesn't mean that the Bears can't tag him AGAIN next year. Or the year after that, too (the third year requires he be paid the average of the top 5 players in the league, not just at his position).
Based on the way it's been talked about here, I'm guessing that the signing is being delayed in hopes of re-working a contract or two. The details of Johnson's contract would seem to put the Pack hard up against the cap.