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01-17-2013, 07:09 AM
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I agree with whomever it was above that implied that Murray may be more likely to give contracts greater than 5 years now that the maximum is 8. It may be easier to take a hard line on contract length when you know the player could literally ask for any amount of years than when he's limited to only 8. Instead of a matter of principle it becomes simply tactical.

And even if not, Murray's hard line may have been directed at second contracts (the ones immediately after ELCs) than contracts generally, a sort of philosophical objection to giving relatively unproven players the keys to the vault.

Of course I have no idea, I just like those theories because it helps drive my wishful thinking that Murray will sign these two to the contracts they each want.

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