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Curtis Martin changed two franchises

Hall of Famer did what great players are supposed to -- make everyone better

Updated: August 6, 2012, 11:25 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

The phone call that changed two franchises occurred on Friday the 13th -- Feb. 13, 1998, the first day of the NFL free-agency period.

Agent Eugene Parker contacted the New York Jets to see whether they'd be interested in signing his newest client, Curtis Martin, a restricted free agent. Mike Tannenbaum, who managed the salary cap, told Parker he'd check with his boss, Bill Parcells. In his gut, Tannenbaum didn't think the idea had a chance.

"On paper," he thought to himself, ...

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