Do owners and general managers take a chance that each of those perennial Pro Bowlers have enough left to bring more than experience and leadership to their teams?
“There are clubs, we were one of them, that said if a guy’s 27 years of age or above, we’re probably not going to go for a long-term deal at big money,” Polian says. “But if you feel you’re one quality receiver away and the physical exam turns out to be OK, you might do it. Again, that is what makes free agency interesting.”
What also made the grab bag of extra interest was a three-day window allowing teams to talk to representatives of unrestricted free agents. The idea was to eliminate tampering.
“I think it’s fair to say that everybody will be interested to see how it works out, what the results of it are,” Polian said. “I wouldn’t say everybody was enthusiastic about it. We all had some reservation.
“But, on balance, I think it’s fair to say that we felt that it was something that would at least bring some organization to what had been a very chaotic process. Agents can talk to clubs, they can go back to the old club with what one would assume would be a bona fide offer or some parameters. They can gauge who is interested and who is not interested.”
Beginning Tuesday, NFL fans’ interest surely will rise, even if no footballs are being thrown or kicked.