In a move that is very much like the baseball free agency draft pick tax, it appears that if a team wants to sign Michael Bush, they would have to give a first round pick to do so.
Now, THAT is sweet.
Here are the Rules:
NFL clubs may begin contract negotiations with the players listed in the following categories at 10:00 a.m., New York time, Tuesday, July 26.
Beginning at 6:00 p.m., New York time, on Friday, July 29, clubs may extend Offer Sheets to, or sign, such players, pursuant to the procedures applicable to each category.
Please note there are six categories of free agents:
1. Restricted Free Agents who received Qualifying Offers from their Old Clubs and are subject to the First Refusal/Compensation system of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement:
Michael Bush is on this list and would require a 1st Round pick back to Oakland if he is signed.
If Taiwan Jones is the MAN, and Bush can get us a first round lick from NE, that would be a nice upgrade. Then again, his boozing over the off-season may limit our options.
Worst case scenario is that we have McFadden, Jones and Bush, but, I think that an Indy or New England would want to have Bush so that "The venerable ones" will have another shot at a Super Bowl.
More to come momentarily.