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Lack of excitement is a good thing

Mailbag: Negotiating period quietly helps teams gauge market, retain free agents

Originally Published: March 11, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The NFL's first venture into a three-day negotiating period prior to free agency is lacking excitement.

While agents could talk to all teams, commissioner Roger Goodell put up a strong warning to teams and agents Friday night. Though he legalized tampering, he threatened to have a tampering investigation if teams or agents announce deals for players leaving teams before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Bravo.

The idea of putting in this three-day negotiating ...

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