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.”
I spoke to a free agent wide receiver about what he expects from the market in general. He said “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. That’s the goal”
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 14, 2021
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.
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