The practice squad player is free to negotiate a contract with any other team so if he is claimed, it really does come down to the player and his agent's decision since the original team's "counter claim" doesn't automatically veto the original claim and can't stop the player from leaving. If he really wanted out of here, he could have gone. Most of the time it comes down like it did with Murphy, that the original team tells the claimed p.s. player (if they really like him) to "stay with us - because you're familiar with this system and we'll promote you to our 53 for at least 3 games - you'll, have more opportunity here and make the same amount of money, yadda yadda yadda" - and the player stays - because of the familiar surroundings and the fact that the money is the same. It's like a call in poker but the original team isn't guaranteed the winning hand because the player holds the river ace. Now if there was some sentimental connection between the claiming team and the player - or some other reason why the player didn't want to stay - he could still bolt. At least that's the way I understand it.
I have a feeling you will see a TE package put in this week where one of the TE's will make one or two fairly long catches down the middle of the field - splitting the two-deep safety zones (or at least there will be attempts to do this). They will also be looking for the TE a bit more this week to lessen the load on DD if Hollings can't go again.
Last edited by aj.; 09-23-2004 at 12:17 PM.