While Paul Dawson waits to see how his pro career transpires, Insider breaking this past weekend that the Boston Blazers restricted free agent defender signed a high profile offer sheet with the Toronto Rock, the National Lacrosse League is not in total agreement with player agent Tony Glavin’s comments in regards to how restricted free agency has played out in pro lacrosse.
In the article Glavin stated, “Mike Law was signed to an offer sheet when he was an RFA several years back, but there has been a bit of a gentlemen’s agreement among GMs that you don’t go after other club’s Restricted Free Agents. It has served to keep the mid range salaried players remuneration down. This may mean that other GM’s will be willing to tender offers to RFAs in the future which bodes well for the players.”
NLL commisioner George Daniel told Insider earlier today, “The allegation that there was a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ among General Managers regarding the non-signing of free agents is complete fiction.
“If it seems that there was a scarcity in the number of offers in recent seasons, it is due to the marketplace demand for the talent available, not due to any implied or express agreements between the teams or General Managers.”
The NLL’s free agent signing period began last week (Aug. 4th), delayed slightly due to the Orlando Titans departure in recent weeks, the team’s roster dispersed among the league’s remaining clubs.
“Clubs have until final roster cuts in December to stay under the bonus cap,” added Daniel, “so a club matching an offer now will not trigger any immediate issues with respect to the bonus cap.”The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at email@example.com.
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