maddog60 wrote:Perhaps someone with a little bit more knowledge about the rules and regulations regarding trading players could help clear up a few things.
The 49ers have TO under contract, which as I understand gives them rights to trade him wherever they want. However, they allowed him and his agent to seek out a trade he wanted. Do they not have some sort of obligation to respect that trade process and at least allow for a counter offer to other trade offers? Wouldn't they be giving up some of their control by allowing him to seek the trade?
Now, I understand the 49ers using the eagles trade offer for leverage. Makes perfect sense. I think a 2nd round pick in any draft for TO is a steal if you need help at WR. However, it seems with all the underhandedness their organization pulled, the false impression that they gave Owens control of his trade destination, the duping of the Eagles organization, that somewhere in the NFL their are rights either towards the player or the team making the trade agreement to prevent such bending and possible breaking of the rules.
I don't think there's rules being broken, just shady. The Colts did the same thing to Marshall Faulk when they traded him to the Rams. The same situation is true of players too, see Antoine Winfield.
When you think about it, it makes the most sense for the 49ers to trade him to the Ravens regardless of what the Eagles offer. If I were the 49ers I'd rather send him to the AFC than to the NFC Championship team who might be one good WR away from making the Super Bowl and stomping your team on the way.