I also don't know how common it is for players to request 7-8 year deals.
I've never seen it.
But it's insulting to act like this wasn't a legitimate problem when tanabeo started it in the other league.
I can officially state from the office of the commissioner that it is a problem. Unfortunately it's one we're stuck with, at least for the present. And I'm not saying this from on high either, I got down in the muck myself and extended a couple of my guys to long deals. Once other people started though, there really wasn't much choice.
I'd highly urge you guys to follow this suggestion, I think it will create a much more realistic FA system in the long run. You all have the benefit of being behind us as we make our way through this quagmire that is Connected Careers. It would be silly not to learn from our mistakes.