That said, there's something I heard a couple guys on the radio talking about regarding the way Brown forced his way out of Oakland. Do you think that in a situation like that, where the individual comes in and it's pretty obvious he has no intention of every playing for the Raiders (from almost the second he arrived), should the Raiders be able to be compensated somehow for their lost draft picks?
I know, buyer beware, and all that, but it just seems like it goes to the integrity of transactions in the NFL if a player can be traded, decide he doesn't want to play there, and act out in the ways Brown did to force his way to free agency. It's supposed to be that if you are traded, you go to the team you're traded to, and that's your only choice (either that, or you retire altogether - and if you retire, the team you're retiring from still holds your rights should you later choose to unretire). But in this case, the Raiders essentially got screwed out of two draft picks, and the Steelers essentially got two picks for nothing.
What can the teams, or the league as a whole, do to prevent malcontents such as Brown from essentially voiding what should be a legal, binding trade? Because if you can't, it's just going to encourage players from doing the same in the future...
Also, does the NFL allow 'no-trade' clauses in contracts the way baseball does?