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Old 08-18-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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A day after indicating that the Packers would either trade or release veteran receiver Robert Ferguson, the team has cut him loose.
And that's not a surprise, since no one was likely to pick up a contract that pays him a total of $4 million in salary over the next two years.
It'd be interesting to know whether the Packers tried to get him to take reduced pay before deciding to sever ties, and whether his agent gauged the market to determine whether Ferguson could get more elsewhere as a free agent than what the Packers would have paid. Technically, it's not permitted for teams to respond to such inquiries, given the tampering rule. But it happens all the time.
G.M. Ted Thompson said that the team made the move in order to give Ferguson a fair chance to land elsewhere. But with the start of the regular season only two weeks away, it really doesn't leave him with much time. Our guess is that the organization knew he was in danger of not making the team in the offseason but wanted to be sure that the guys who'll be on the depth chart in his absence can get the job done.
Ferguson is now a free agent, and can sign with anyone. Look for a team that brings him in now to possibly cut him before the start of the season and avoid owing him any salary. As a vested veteran, Ferguson would be entitled to exercise his one-time ability to take the balance of his salary as termination pay if he is on a team's roster when the season opens. Ferguson could then be re-signed after the first week of action, and his full salary for the season would not be, in essence, guaranteed.
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Never been a big Ferguson fan....now Brandon Lloyd on the other hand....in the right system I think he could be very successful. I wouldnt be surprised to see him cut loose by Washington this year or next.
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furgeson will sign with the patriots. they need atleast 1 body to replace the dead weight named gaffney, caldwell, and washington.
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he will float around until a team has a couple major injuries on WR, then he will get picked up.
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