Jay-Z the agent already a threat; London is calling; more mail

Tuesday June 18th, 2013
Jay-Z sold his minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets last April in order to become a player agent.
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No. They are unsigned players and thus free to miss any mandatory -- or voluntary -- event without discipline. This is the tradeoff of the franchise tag. For a team, it can take a player off of the free agent market and retain his rights. The player, meanwhile, makes a very large one-year salary, although without security of a longer term deal, and can show up when his salary kicks in at the start of the season in September. For Clady, his weekly game check will be substantial: $578,000. Thus, while he may be coy about showing up for camp, he'll be there when the real games are played. And Peyton Manning will exhale.

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