Posted by ddprime on 12/6/2013 8:32:00 PM (view original):
In most cases it probably would be worth it, but I think it would depend on how high a draft pick the team had that year.
Also, I was wondering if it would make more sense to say that the franchise player must have played the majority of his career with your franchise (as opposed to starting his career with it). For example, Curtis Martin is the Jets' all time rushing leader, but he played 3 years with New England before coming to New York. Even though he didn't start his career with the Jets, I consider him more of a Jets franchise player than a Pats franchise player.
Yeah that point was also raised by glen. Favre is another good example. He was drafted by the Falcons but obviously would fit in as a Packer much better.
We would need a clear cut way to determine which franchise should get first rights because there would surely be some players who wouldn't be as cut and dry as Martin or Favre. I don't know if most games played, most seasons, or most yards would be the best measure but some type of objective measure would need to be decided on beforehand.