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SBD/March 12, 2013/Franchises
Redskins Brass Vows To Move Forward In Free Agency Despite Salary Cap Penalties
Published March 12, 2013
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HEY, BIG SPENDER: In Miami, Adam Beasley writes for the "third consecutive offseason, the Dolphins are buyers." They "swung and missed the past two years." But this March, there is "hope ... that the Dolphins brain trust will get it right." The Dolphins have been "active in the three-day negotiating window with other teams’ free agents and their own." Talks this afternoon will "become real" with free agent WR Mike Wallace in what could be "a defining week" for Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland (MIAMI HERALD, 3/12). In Ft. Lauderdale, Omar Kelly notes whether the Dolphins can land Wallace "depends on how much every team is offering the 26-year-old, and which teams are involved in the bidding" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/12). Kelly, examining the role of the Dolphins ownership, writes under the header, "Steve Ross Can't Afford To Swing And Miss Again This Dolphins' Offseason." Kelly: "Fool Ross once and shame on the NFL. Fool Ross twice and shame on him. Fool him a third time ... and it is safe to conclude Ross and the people running his organization are imbeciles." He "swings for the fences, and that's admirable," but every agent "knows it, which makes him a target to be hustled and conned" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/12).
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: Giants President & CEO John Mara yesterday acknowledged that his team is "taking a risk by giving restricted free agent" WR Victor Cruz a first-round tender worth $2.88M. In New Jersey, Art Stapleton writes there will be "continued speculation regarding Cruz’s change in representation as to whether" CAA's Tom Condon’s "presence will be a positive sign for a future with the Giants." That also "could be premature, considering Condon is one of the league’s top agents and likely will entertain other deals." Mara said that the Giants "might not be willing or able to give him what the market decides" (Bergen RECORD, 3/12). CBSSPORTS.com's Jason La Canfora cited sources as saying that the Patriots "would make a run at Cruz, but that was prior to Cruz changing agents recently and going" with Condon, who the Patriots "generally don't do business with" (CBSSPORTS.com, 3/11).