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At Least One Free Agent WR Cares More About One-Year Deal Than Destination

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The priorities of free agent wide receivers should be fairly simple, right? Most want to play with a top-notch quarterback or in a good offensive system. A few players may want to relocate to be near family. Securing and signing a multi-year mega deal is probably up there too.

Apparently, I’m wrong — or at least I am this offseason.

According to a tweet from Dianna Russini with ESPN, it’s not about the destination.

Sure, that plays a part, but it isn’t the highest priority — at least not for one unnamed wide receiver on the market. For him, this year is all about landing that one-year contract that will allow him to hit the open market again in 2022.

“I really don’t care what goes down in terms of where I wind up, but my agent knows I only want a one-year deal,” the free agent wide receiver told Russini on Sunday. “That’s the goal.”

Why is that important?

Well, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a steep decrease in the salary cap. It’s almost impossible to lock in a long-term mega deal right now. Anyone who does prioritize such a mega deal will probably hurt his bottom-line numbers.

This year’s approach differs from the past. In fact, getting hit with the one-year franchise tag might be the best possible option for a lot of players. We probably won’t see many on the tag seeking a new, long-term deal and then sitting out.

That’ll be new.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Been waiting to hear someone take this approach. Make a lot of sense for the player. I just don’t think there is enough cap space throughout the league for all of these free agents to get the usual long term big money deals (like our guys Judson and Ngaukwe). Why not resign a team-friendly one or two year deal? Cap will be much higher next year, which will make for a wild off-season if a lot of this year’s free agents sign one year deals.

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