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Possible strategies for disgruntled players hit with the franchise tag

Originally Published: June 4, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

The NFL's offseason is longer than its season, with the first meaningful snap after the Super Bowl coming seven months later in September. From a front-office perspective, the offseason -- when teams are assembled and renovated -- is busier than the season. I always chuckled when people asked, "What do you do in the offseason?"

I always referred to the offseason as "me time," with players more concerned about their personal situations than the team. Football becomes a business with issues ...

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