this is indeed how JR was thinking he said, though I don't know that Fox would have been offered a contract even if he had let his guys go more easily. take it or leave it, think what you want about him and the situation... this is what he has said to people and it's what I believe happened, but people are free to disagree.
that is true. however, none of our players have been signed, and signing only one of them would send the wrong message to our other players (namely that the FO was full of poo when it said nobody would get signed until after the CBA was finalized ).
I do not think we're going to lose Beason.
I too hope that we are able to retain him, but I do have my doubts.
However I don't agree with the sending the wrong message thing. We re signed Gross and Gamble, now it's time to resign Beason.
It doesn't matter what you have said, you sign your best players. Look at the Chargers. They said no new contracts until the CBA is done and then extended their 3 most important players on O. Rivers was first, then Gates, then McNeill. I think it sends the right message. Play hard, practice hard, be a good leader, and we will reward you.