NFL players on bubble as they wait for salary cap figures
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From Staff, Wire Reports
Last update: March 06, 2006 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 11:39 PM
Alexander came away with a $62 million contract over eight years, with $15.1 million guaranteed, to stay in Seattle. Alexander, the NFL's MVP last season, signed the contract Monday.
Arrington took a gamble and put himself on the market by buying out his contract in Washington. It cost him $4.4 million. The Redskins got rid of $9 million in cap money by allowing the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker to leave. Whether Arrington can get a big contract elsewhere will depend on the final salary cap figure.
And that's why so many other players remained on the bubble, awaiting the outcome of today's owners meetings in Dallas before they know where they will be when free agency finally starts.
It was clear Monday the decision would come down to whether the owners would accept revised revenue sharing, an issue about which they've been squabbling among themselves for more than two years.
The NFL will submit the union's latest request for about 60 percent of total revenues to the 32 owners and let them decide whether they will accept it, extending the agreement that runs out after the 2007 season.
If there is no agreement, the future is unclear. What is clear is that the 2007 season would go on without a salary cap, with wild spending by some teams and little spending by others.
If there is no agreement, the salary cap for 2006 will be $94.5 million. If there is a deal, it could be as much as $10 million higher.
Other teams joined Seattle and Washington in making moves.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Tampa Bay agreed to give veteran defensive tackle Chris Hovan a five-year contract extension worth $17.5 million, according to a report on ESPN.com. Hovan joined the Bucs last season, signing for the minimum base salary of $540,000, after spending his first five seasons with the Vikings. He started 16 games in 2005 at nose tackle and led Bucs defensive linemen with 64 tackles. The Vikings' first-round pick in 2000, he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Green Bay re-signed running back Ahman Green to a one-year contract.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Miami released 12-time Pro Bowl player Junior Seau, saving the team $2.92 million against the salary cap.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ San Francisco signed linebacker Derek Smith, who led the 49ers in tackles for five consecutive seasons. Smith made at least 100 tackles in every year of his career, including 163 last season, while missing only four games in nine seasons. Only Miami's Zach Thomas (10) and Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks (10) have longer active streaks of 100-tackle seasons.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ St. Louis signed six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle La'Roi Glover to a three-year contract. Glover, 31, was released by Dallas last week for salary cap reasons. The Rams also released wide receiver Isaac Bruce, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. Bruce, 33, had a salary cap figure of $10 million for next season.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Arizona signed fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo to a two-year contract extension and three others to one-year deals. Running back Damien Anderson, linebacker Isaac Keys and defensive end Anton Palepoi signed one-year extensions.
Gophers hold Pro Day
Vikings coach Brad Childress was among four team officials who attended the Gophers' Pro Day on Monday.
Among the large group of players who worked out for the 27 scouts on hand were left guard Mark Setterstrom and center Greg Eslinger, who won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman.
Running back Laurence Maroney, projected by some to be taken by the Vikings with the 17th overall pick in the April draft, did not work out because of a strained left hamstring. He also was unable to do work for NFL officials at the recent combine because of the injury. Maroney has his own pro day set for March 23 at the University of Minnesota.
Also at the Gibson-Nagurski football complex were Fran Foley, Vikings vice president of player personnel, and Scott Studwell, director of college scouting. Former Vikings coach Mike Tice, now the assistant head coach/offense for Jacksonville, represented the Jaguars.
Players on bubble as they wait for salary cap figures
Re: NFL players on bubble as they wait for salary cap figure
Does anyone know when Maroney strained his hamstring & how long it takes to heal?
Running back Laurence Maroney, projected by some to be taken by the Vikings with the 17th overall pick in the April draft, did not work out because of a strained left hamstring. He also was unable to do work for NFL officials at the recent combine because of the injury
If he injured it during the football season, shouldn't it have healed by now?
Re: NFL players on bubble as they wait for salary cap figures
i'm assuming that he did it recently
mabye it was another freak treadmill accident. strained hammy's only take a week most to heal. Moss partially tore his and he was only out about 5-6 weeks