Which league has the craziest free agency: NFL or NBA? | The Tylt
Which league has the craziest free agency: NFL or NBA?
While the NFL might be better than the NBA in most aspects, NBA offseasons pack the political intrigue of a whole season's worth of "Game of Thrones." But not this year.
Superstar receivers are getting traded after getting extensions, star safeties are getting released and snatched up for big money, and big teams are falling behind. The NFL landscape changed and the consequences will be felt. The NBA had its time in the sun, but the NFL brought the popcorn and the drama this year.
The NFL offseason is not only better, but the league also promises a better regular season!
NFL fans are getting really cocky with the league's first consequential offseason in forever. The NBA offers more fire in the offseason and it isn't even close.
If NFL teams want to keep a superstar from leaving, they can just slap a franchise tag on them and that's the end. If it's an exclusive tag, the player can't negotiate with other teams and only get a one-year deal with their old squad. If it's a non-exclusive tag, the team can match any offer and if the player leaves, whatever team he signs with has to give up two first-round draft picks. No one in the NFL wants to pay that price.
In the NBA, players have control over their destiny, which means a lot more emotional, unpredictable decisions. LeBron James leaves Cleveland for Miami, Kevin Durant joins the Warriors, Anthony Davis demands a trade, Kawhi Leonard forces his way out of San Antonio. Transactions that shift the balance of power throughout the league happen in most NBA offseasons, while the NFL has seen that only once.