A broken process? Lies and high pressure are the norm for undrafted free agents in the NFL

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  • statman Lehi, UT
    May 19, 2014 1:25 a.m.

    Of course there are companies in the real world who put very limited time constraints on job offers. And in a recovering economy, more power is shifted to the companies offering jobs.

    In the job I currently hold, I had a series of initial interviews on the phone, and then was flown to the home office for the second round of face-to-face interviews. At the end of a nine hour day of interviews, with less than two hours before my return flight home, they put an offer sheet in front of me and said the offer was good until I left for the airport. I accepted.

    The problem for companies making such offers is that they're starting off with a bad relationship. The unwritten rules of staying in a mid level management job for at least 18-24 months are thrown out the window when the employment relationship starts like that. It's a tactic that many companies are using now when they can get away with it. But it's not a healthy practice for any business in the long-run.

  • Zorro Bakersfield, CA
    May 18, 2014 9:39 p.m.

    Im not feeling sorry for the players that have to make an on the spot decision!
    That is the real world! And boo hoo $400K Rookie salary if you make the team!

    Not exactly abuse...

  • SLCguy Murray, UT
    May 17, 2014 11:28 p.m.


    You can look at it a couple of ways

    1) Universities don't "lose" money on sports anymore than an English department loses money on it's classes.

    2) The accounting practices of Universities is like writing fiction. Those books are SO cooked, what SHOWS as a loss ....isn't

    Schools do things like charge themselves rent on their stadiums, prohibit athletes from taking other scholarships so the entire 'cost' of tuition is 'charged', one school has a mandated "donation" to the library of over a million dollars a year.

    Colleges MAKE money off of these kids. If they didn't, the salaries of coaches and ADs wouldn't have skyrocketed.

    It is NOT standard business to have a job offer good for as long as the 1 minute phone call and the offer is withdrawn if you hang up. Teams do it since it is to their benefit and the NFLPA is too dumb to negotiate for the changes that REALLY need to happen (instead of the moindless slotting of salaries that has basically ruined the NFL veteran 'middle class' (as now they get replaced by "cheap" rookies)

  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    May 17, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    @JoCo Ute

    I was thinking the same thing after this draft! If players have eligibility, what harm is it to go back to college? Of course I understand from the other point of going through college to the end, get your degree and then test the waters of the NFL. I think Juniors with a year left should be able to return, and maybe sophomores lose that chance for going very very early.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    May 17, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    Doesn't exist in the rest of the business world. The guy clearly doesn't know much about the rest of the business world. For example, the same thing happens with large law firm recruiting of top law school graduates...no control over when you can receive an offer, no way to know how many other offers you might receive, and incredible pressure to take the first offer.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    May 17, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    Not sure where rlsintx is going. Is it that the business world is full of liars and users. . OK. Or that the current system is acceptable. . . Not OK.

    Undrafted players w/ eligibility should have the option to return to college. Remember, it's about the degree.

    Kids come out of college based on a broken system of NFL feedback from so called experts. These "experts" tell college players that they have 3rd or 4th round talent and they they end up not being drafted. this happens year after year. Looks like a lawsuit from these undrafted kids can be expected.

    Kids that do come out early and make a team should be able to go back to school and get their degree and have the NFL pay for it.

    Colleges do make million of $ off football, but it's used up supporting other sports. Bottom line is that most universities lose $.

    The real cash cow here is the NFL. They use up kids and throw them under the bus. Unacceptable! The NFL can easily afford to help pay for players to return to school.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    May 17, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    So what this article is saying is that the NFL is just like the rest of the business world ?