Over the course of the 120-plus days of the NFL lockout, football fans have had plenty of time to debate —Will Cam be a bust? Can Plaxico, Randy Moss or T.O. still help a team? What team will win the award for most arrests during the NFL lockout? A). Cincinnati B). The field—predict and, most importantly, ask what if questions.
- What if Plaxico Burress never shot himself in the leg?
- What if the 49ers drafted Aaron Rodgers instead of Alex Smith with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft?
- What if Brett Favre never sent that picture to Jenn Sterger?
- What if Michael Vick never threw that pass to Riley Cooper?
- What if the Giants cut Matt Dodge before Week 14?
- What if Kevin Kolb never got hurt in Week 1?
- What if Vince Young played under a coach who supported him?
- What if Scott Shanle, Will Smith, Remi Ayodele, Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter, Alex Brown or Roman Harper tackled Marshawn Lynch?
- What if Falcons never traded Favre?
However, out of all of the what if questions that have recently crossed my mind, one stands out.
What if there was a two-round free agency draft every offseason instead of the normal free agent signing period?
Look, I know there is a zero percent chance of this happening, and I'm not sure that it would actually work. But you can't tell me it doesn't sound exciting.
Not only would it help to create parity, but also it would even the playing field between teams and their players (there would be no LeBron and Bosh to Miami, or Carmelo to New York).
For instance, if a player (Carmelo) decides not to sign an extension with his current team (Denver), then, once his contract expires, he is dropped into the pool of players that are eligible for the NFL's Free Agency Draft. At that time, he no longer has any control over what team he will play for in the following season, because whichever team drafts him will own his rights.
How many players do you think would take that risk?
But, without further ado, here are the rules for the NFL Free Agency Draft:
1). Salary doesn't matter.
2). The order is based on the team's win/loss/tie record (worst to best)
3). No team is allowed more than one pick per round (no trading picks).
4). Serpentine a.k.a. "snake" draft style.
5). All free agents are available, except for those who have been franchised or re-signed by their team (tenders don't matter).
6). Once the two-round draft is complete, then the free agent signing period begins (today's version of free agency).