Rackers Shanked Contract Talks with Cards

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Apparently, the Cardinals very much wanted to re-sign Neil Rackers this off-season.  Gamesmanship on the part of Rackers and his agent, Robert Roche, proved to be an insurmountable barrier to establishing reasonable compensation for the former 7-year Cardinal. 

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com reveals the back and forth between Rackers and Rod Graves.  The Cardinals reportedly offered Rackers a hefty contract on the first day of free agency with an average yearly salary of around $2 million.  Rackers apparently thought he could do better because he and Roche failed to respond for two weeks. 

The team covered itself by bringing in Jay Feely while still jousting with Rackers about his contact.  After Feely departed, however, Graves informed Rackers that the Cardinals’ next offer would be significantly less.   Roche, apparently not being able to take the hint, made the Cardinals an offer that was higher than the Cardinals’ first offer.  As promised, the Cardinals countered with a second offer that was lower than their first.

Roche and Rackers were not pleased with the second offer, but reportedly were ready to accept something close to it on Thursday of last week (3/25).  By that time, however, the contract between the Cardinals and Feely was practically done.

It’s interesting to note that Feely expressed that he would have preferred to stay with the Jets, while Rackers seemingly would have liked to stay with the Cards.  Instead, the Cardinals pick up their second Jet of the off-season.


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2 Responses to “Rackers Shanked Contract Talks with Cards”

  1. Amber says:

    I guess the Cards like those Jets players, since they also traded for CB Kerry Rhodes. From the shouts Rhodes has posted in his personal locker http://www.lockerblogger.com/lockers/Kerry%20Rhodes on LockerBlogger.com he seems happy to be a Cardinal so hopefully Feely will be as well.

    • Will Brodsky says:

      Amber- Hopefully the defense can achieve a sense of cohesiveness, especially after a tumultuous post-season and off-season. Feely should feel fine as a Cardinal. He’s going to get a chance to re-prove his worth.

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