Friday Sports Briefs

Tweet of the Week

From Peter King of Sports Illustrated (@SI_PeterKing) on Tom Cable situation:

Interesting now to see a) what action NFL takes vs. Cable; b) whether Cable sues Hanson; c) whether Hanson sues Cable. Still a story here.

Understanding the Patriots’ Pre-Trade Deadline Moves

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post wrote a great article on trades in the NFL, including an explanation of the Pats’ release and immediate resigning of Tully Banta-Cain:

Tully Banta-Cain (TBC) was playing under a minimum salary benefit (MSB) contract, a tool that allows for older veteran players to make the appropriate minimum salaries with a lower cap charge…MSB contracts, however, cannot be renegotiated during their one-year term, requiring the team to wait until they expire to renegotiate. This frustrated me as a contract negotiator since many of these players proved their worth beyond the MSB and we were unable to reward them until they hit the open market.

The Patriots found a way around that with this release and re-sign.

Click here for the full story.

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