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So are the teams. Sure, all 32 clubs have had more than enough extra time to watch video and dissect the games of every free agent on the market. Maybe that's not such a great think; overanalysis has destroyed the chances of many an NFL team through the years.
And now there's the added element of all those vets being released.
"In this climate, anything's possible," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, whose team will release Heap, receiver Derrick Mason and running back Willis McGahee. "You may have an opportunity to bring some of those guys back. You may not. It just depends on how things shake out the next couple of days."
What also might shake out: shorter contracts. Teams might not be comfortable with long-term deals (the five- and six-year varieties) in this post-lockout climate. The big bucks could be there, but not for as many seasons.
"Being a free agent in 2011 doesn't necessarily mean that those players will all sign lucrative long-term deals," said agent Ben Dogra, who represents soon-to-be former Cowboy Williams. "You will see more short-term deals than ever before. Agents will have to project into free agency of 2012 as much as this year."
At least in 2012, things will return to normality.
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