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    Default 2043 Free Agency Wrap-Up

    1. WR Roger Flowers

    New Team: Jupiter
    Old Team: Myrtle Beach
    Terms: $126.71M/3 ($99.7M Bonus)
    Experience: 6th Year

    The gem of free agency, Flowers is a ratings superstar except for his inability to run a route, but he's never yet lived up to his lofty ratings with a decidedly pedestrian 7.83 Yards/Tgt career. With the addition of Richert, Flowers could be a part of the resurgence of one of FOFL's most successful francises, but he has a lot to live up to with one of the largest bonuses in FOFL history.

    2. DT Andrew Tuck

    New Team: Sam's Town
    Old Team: Norwich
    Terms: $101.74M/4 ($45.56M Bonus)
    Experience: 6th Year

    Ratings-wise, the best defensive tackle in FOFL currently; Sam's Town gets him at a fairly reasonable price, and a completely reasonable bonus number. Tuck is also young enough to have several good years ahead of him, which may be necessary as his team hit the reset button at QB this offseason.

    3. DT Bermard Pinkston

    New Team: San Francisco
    Old Team: New Jersey
    Terms: $78M/3 ($3M Bonus)
    Experience: 5th Year

    Pinkston may have the worst agent in FOFL, as San Francisco gets a brilliant, no-risk addition to their team, due to the complete lack of a bonus. Pinkston can play (2nd team all-FOFL last year), and is still very young.

    4. TE Gilbert Zimmerman

    New Team: Lackawanna
    Old Team: None (Drafted by Dodge City)
    Terms: $61M/3 ($40M Bonus)
    Experience: Rookie

    Great dice roll here, as Zimmerman was an unsigned first rounder from 2042. 40 million is a huge bonus to give to a draftee, but it is very rare that you get an opportunity to "buy" a first round pick in FOFL. Lackawanna took advantage of that opportunity.

    5. DE Timothy Fletcher

    New Team: French
    Old Team: Hell Creek
    Terms: $56.29M/4 ($14.84M Bonus)
    Experience: 7 years

    Fletcher is a big-time run-stopper at defensive end, and didn't set French back very much in terms of bonus commitment.

    6. C Marshall Flannery

    New Team: Westchester
    Old Team: Westchester
    Terms: $54.7M/3 (32.61M Bonus)
    Experience: 11 years

    Flannery is still one of FOFL's best centers, but for how long? Westchester had to pay a significant price for failing to extend him last season, and that bonus could come back to haunt them if Flannery retires after this season.

    7. WR Darren Cuevas

    New Team: San Francisco
    Old Team: Norwich
    Terms: $54M/3 ($9M Bonus)
    Experience: 7 years

    Another Shaw-special, as he grabs the second best WR on the market for minimal bonus outlay. Cuevas isn't much to look at in terms of ratings, but does have big play ability. The last 3 years, he has been over 10 yards per target, and if Cuevas can keep that up, he'll be a nice add for San Francisco. If he can't keep it up, San Francisco can cut ties with little pain due to the excellent contract.

    8. LB Byron Forman

    New Team: San Francisco
    Old Team: San Francisco
    Terms: $50M/3 ($30M Bonus)
    Experience: 6 years

    One of FOFL's best MLBs, Forman took advantage of hitting FA in his prime with a nice contact. The large bonus shouldn't be too painful, as Forman is worth the money, but one has to wonder, as with Westchester's Flannery, how much money San Francisco cost themselves by not extending him.

    9. LB Clay Ditka

    New Team: White Rock
    Old Team: Jupiter
    Terms: $45.02/5 ($12M Bonus)
    Experience: 5 years

    Alright outside linebacker with some pass rush skills, I imagine Ditka will be tossed into the 3-4 WLB role and see what happens. Not bad value, and low bonus committment given the length of the contract.

    10. DT Lonnie Harper

    New Team: Myrtle Beach
    Old Team: Canton-McKinney
    Terms: $43.06/4 ($18.44M Bonus)
    Experience: 8 years

    Our first AI free agent signing, Harper is a good DT for the 5 minutes he lasts before being out of breath for the rest of the game. Nonetheless, he's a good addition for Myrtle Beach in the middle, and the contract is not at all out of line with Harper's skills.

    11. DE Jorge Schultz

    New Team: Hell Creek
    Old Team: Hell Creek
    Terms: $38.11M/3 ($15.48M Bonus)
    Experience: 5 years

    Probably the bargain of free agency. Schultz is, according to the ratings, one of FOFL's 10 best defensive ends (admittedly, he has not lived up to that on the field). Very little outlay here, I believe by the AI again, and he might have slipped through the cracks with all the star DTs on the market.

    12. DE Walter Main

    New Team: San Francisco
    Old Team: Myrtle Beach
    Terms: $38M/3 ($3M Bonus)
    Experience: 9 years

    Main returns to San Francisco after a few seasons in Myrle Beach, and can still play. He has flashier pass rush skills that Schultz, though is a hair older. Best of all, San Francisco struck again with a low bonus contract, so this is another risk-free job for them.

    13. DE Oliver Worden

    New Team: Hell Creek
    Old Team: Sam's Town
    Terms: $36.97/3 ($18.9M Bonus)
    Experience: 8 years

    Worden is a veteran run-stopping DE, who somehow snuck a larger bonus than several better DEs on the market. It's not a disaster contract by any means, but I would consider it the least of the FA buys.

    14. G Alfred Curtis

    New Team: Charleston
    Old Team: Happy Valley
    Terms: $36M/3 ($12M Bonus)
    Experience: 9 years

    Solid guard on the market, and Charleston filled a real need with this pickup. Curtis is getting along in years, but the bonus outlay wasn't too bad, and he also can serve as a mentor to new draftee Lester Farr.

    15. QB Keith Shields

    New Team: Happy Valley
    Old Team: The Village
    Terms: $35.69M/2 ($24.5M Bonus)
    Experience: 15 years

    Shields has had a long and not particularly distinguished FOFL career, and he'll wind it down in Happy Valley. Large bonus, but it's a two year deal, so it won't kill anyone. It is worth pointing out that he had the best year of his career, stat-wise, last year in his 14th year.


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    Winners:

    San Francisco - 3 nice adds, all with a very low percentage of their contract as bonus. Potential to add valuable assets with a pure escape hatch if needed.

    Sam's Town - Purely for adding Tuck to a not completely outrageous deal. When you can get the best DT in FOFL in his 6th year, it's a good add.

    Losers:

    Norwich - Lost Tuck, no other reason. Lost Cuevas as well, but he's more of a dice roll.

    Myrtle Beach - I don't know if Flowers is as good as his contract, but it certainly was proven that there was a strong market for him, and it's tough to let players go for whom there is a market.

    Jury's Out:

    Jupiter - Incredibly risky contract to Flowers, but if the plan works out, the team's right back in FOFL Bowl contention.

    Lackawanna - I'm a big fan of the move with Zimmerman, but there's also no doubt it could backfire. Hard.

    Quiet As A Mouse:

    Bar Harbor, Chesapeake, Breizh, Calverton - AKA last years semifinalists. None of them are anywhere to be seen in this report.


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    Nice writeup, Duke.

    Yeah, I boned myself with Forman, just as badly as I did with my uber-stud G who refuses to sign with me because I franchised him twice. Bleh.

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    We should have let this guy into the league from day one

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    Maybe he'd be interested in a leadership position one day.

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    Most of BRH's cash is going to be taken up by the 4th-year DE. One down, one to go.


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    Nice to see some stuff like this in FOFL, good write up Duke!
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    I dig it. With Zimmerman we suddenly have an apparent overabundance of TE depth now, and hopefully Zimmerman makes us proud. His strength alone is enough to back up his probable value, and the best thing about him is that after year 3 I will have RFA rights to him, which wouldn't happen with a guy on his level very often. If he doesn't die in camp to a VSOD, its a huge add.

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    Under the radar addition: Alabama's Rusty Diaz, a quality QB who is signed to a very reasonable $30M/3 year deal, and has helped lead this band of APEs to a 6-0 record.


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