By Michael Colangelo
Every sports fan with a brain had to enjoy the recent NBA free agency season. The league flattened out. Players moved from team to team. Next year will be a whole new year in the NBA. It’s exciting. Basketball owned the sports world for one week from June to the beginning of July. You know who else loved the NBA offseason bonanza? The league, owners, and the television partners who have invested in covering free agency.
Those folks made some money with free agency coverage and hype. Just look at how many pieces of media were created around unhindered free agency. There were podcasts, articles and commentary, and television programs dedicated to a time when there wasn’t even a single game played. It was good for the popularity of the game. The thing is, that could never happen in the NFL.
The reason is simple: the franchise tag. Without the franchise tag, we could have had bidding for a ton of interesting players — mostly Edge players — this offseason. Sure, Frank Clark and Dee Ford wouldn’t have been traded, but them taking multiple visits would still be interesting. Imagine what would happen with a bunch of quarterbacks. It would be...