I’ve consistently heard questions since the end of the NFL’s season – “when will the Raiders going to start resigning their players?” “Why haven’t the Raiders cut anyone yet?” Why isn’t Reggie McKenzie doing anything to restructure some guys?”
The answer I’ve offered each time was patience – McKenzie didn’t need to do anything yet because there wasn’t any deadline to do anything. McKenzie, like his mentors in Green Bay, is very deliberative.
Looking back at Green Bay’s transactions, they historically do not cut or restructure their players until the week before free agency.
There are several reasons to do this – one is that it allows the GM his staff to make full evaluations and a plan of what they would like to do. They can go through tape, look at contracts recently signed and make sure they have a solid range on what they feel each potential cut, resign or restructure is worth.
This is important because, as any good negotiator knows, it can get heated during the negotiation. If you come in without your strengths considered, your range set and an idea of how you want to present your side you can get caught up and pay too much for someone in the heat of the moment.no comments