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    Dose of reality - Threat of '11 strike spoils feel-good days before draft

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/peter_king/04/06/labor/index.html

    Some GREAT stuff in here about the upcoming labor stuff, particularly concerning the mechanics of an uncapped year in 2010.
    Did you know this?

    And that's where most of the misinformation has come in. The rules for the 2010 season are significantly more restrictive for players than they currently are, so players and agents waiting out the next two years for a pot of gold in the uncapped year are going to be disappointed. The 2010 rules for player movement:

    FREE AGENCY: Currently, players who are unsigned and have finished at least four NFL seasons are free. In the 2010 market, players will be free if they are unsigned after at least their sixth NFL season. In other words, 2009 would have to be a player's sixth season, and he would have to enter 2010 unsigned. Let's use Cleveland wide receiver Braylon Edwards as an example. In his original rookie contract, signed in 2005, the final year is 2009, which would be his fifth NFL season. Ordinarily, he'd be a free-agent in 2010 -- if the team didn't sign him before then or place a franchise tag on him. But under the 2010 rules, he won't be a free-agent.
    Wow.
    I didn't know any of the stuff King writes about, so this is good info.
    I was under the impression that "uncapped" meant "GO NUTS!"
    But, apparently, it doesn't.
    Check this out:

    RESTRICTIONS FOR THE TOP EIGHT TEAMS IN FOOTBALL: If the uncapped year is reached, the teams with the best eight records in football in 2009 will be severely restricted from jumping into the pool. It's still not precisely determined how the system would work, but let's say the Patriots are one of the top eight and want to sign a free-agent to a five-year, $20-million contract. They'd have to lose their own player or players to contracts totaling $20 million before they could sign the free-agent they want. Conceptually, that's how this clause in the deal is going to work, but the exact mechanics of it are not clear yet. The purpose is very clear: The best teams are going to have tight leashes in free agency. And I can tell you from talking to a few traditionally good teams at the league meetings last week, they're not happy about it.
    Amazing stuff.
    Apparently, the small-market owners worked stuff into the last CBA to protect themselves from an uncapped year.
    Good going!

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    Re: Dose of reality - Threat of '11 strike spoils feel-good days before draft

    "Zeus" wrote:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/peter_king/04/06/labor/index.html

    Some GREAT stuff in here about the upcoming labor stuff, particularly concerning the mechanics of an uncapped year in 2010.
    Did you know this?

    And that's where most of the misinformation has come in. The rules for the 2010 season are significantly more restrictive for players than they currently are, so players and agents waiting out the next two years for a pot of gold in the uncapped year are going to be disappointed. The 2010 rules for player movement:

    FREE AGENCY: Currently, players who are unsigned and have finished at least four NFL seasons are free. In the 2010 market, players will be free if they are unsigned after at least their sixth NFL season. In other words, 2009 would have to be a player's sixth season, and he would have to enter 2010 unsigned. Let's use Cleveland wide receiver Braylon Edwards as an example. In his original rookie contract, signed in 2005, the final year is 2009, which would be his fifth NFL season. Ordinarily, he'd be a free-agent in 2010 -- if the team didn't sign him before then or place a franchise tag on him. But under the 2010 rules, he won't be a free-agent.
    Wow.
    I didn't know any of the stuff King writes about, so this is good info.
    I was under the impression that "uncapped" meant "GO NUTS!"
    But, apparently, it doesn't.
    Check this out:

    RESTRICTIONS FOR THE TOP EIGHT TEAMS IN FOOTBALL: If the uncapped year is reached, the teams with the best eight records in football in 2009 will be severely restricted from jumping into the pool. It's still not precisely determined how the system would work, but let's say the Patriots are one of the top eight and want to sign a free-agent to a five-year, $20-million contract. They'd have to lose their own player or players to contracts totaling $20 million before they could sign the free-agent they want. Conceptually, that's how this clause in the deal is going to work, but the exact mechanics of it are not clear yet. The purpose is very clear: The best teams are going to have tight leashes in free agency. And I can tell you from talking to a few traditionally good teams at the league meetings last week, they're not happy about it.
    Amazing stuff.
    Apparently, the small-market owners worked stuff into the last CBA to protect themselves from an uncapped year.
    Good going!

    =Z=
    Man that sucks, us being the 2009 champion and all..
    Rosie O'Donnell is a dude!

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    Re: Dose of reality - Threat of '11 strike spoils feel-good days before draft

    Wow, that sounds pretty dang good....on the surface at least.


    Trust me, I'm a doctor.

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