Tip Sheet notes: Rosters still in flux
WR Jones among vested veterans who will likely soon find a home
Originally Published: September 11, 2009By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesTeams in need of a wide receiver will likely give Matt Jones a close look in the coming week.Young players who made their respective teams, but are stuck at the bottom of the roster, might hold off a bit in unpacking their suitcases or signing apartment leases. There is still considerable roster shuffling to be done around the league, and a good deal of it could take place next week. Clubs have been reluctant so far to sign "vested" veterans (four seasons or more of service), because their base salaries are guaranteed if they are on an opening-day roster. So many teams will attempt to make it through the opening weekend with the players they have, and wait until next week, when the guarantee disappears, to sign veteran vested players who are suddenly looking for jobs. Then teams will be liable to the veterans on a prorated basis, based only on the number of games they are on the roster.