Tag:Salary Cap
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:54 am

Report: New CBA will protect high-priced veterans

Posted by Will Brinson

The owners are meeting in Atlanta today and will likely vote on -- and hopefully ratify -- a new collective bargaining agreement. If and when that happens, there'll be plenty of surprises that come out of the woodwork with respect to new NFL rules and regulations.

Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk has an interesting early twist on one of these, reporting that the new CBA "will be very friendly to veterans with big salaries" in that it will keep these vets from "becoming cap casualties."

Rosenthal also notes that there will be language in the CBA "that good agents will exploit for veteran players."

No specific examples are offered in Rosenthal's post, mainly because the specifics probably aren't entirely concrete yet.

The most logical example of something that might happen, however, is that teams are given some sort of exemption for high-priced veterans when it comes to fitting in the salary cap.

Such an exemption would offer a solution that's both team- and player-friendly in that it doesn't punish either party for signing contracts during an uncapped year. (You think Denver wants to pay 38-year-old Brian Dawkins more than $7 million if they're nudged up against the cap? Doubt it.)

The agent aspect is interesting as well, though, because one has to wonder how that would affect someone like Baltimore Ravens backup running back Willis McGahee, who stands to make $6 million in 2011.

The Ravens seem likely to cut him, and McGahee's agent Drew Rosenhaus has intimated that he doesn't expect his client back with the Ravens, but perhaps the new rules will create a scenario where the Ravens can't simply cut McGahee outright, at least not without compensating him first.

Or perhaps not -- the only thing certain these days in the NFL labor world is that there's uncertainty abounding.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:56 am

Players, owners rethinking salary cap structure?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk brought up one of the most interesting ideas in the issue of revenue sharing: a pegged salary cap. In other words, instead of the salary cap being determined by a certain percentaJ. Richardson (US Presswire)ge of revenue (which is the current model), it is a predetermined set amount.

Florio’s sources tell him that this is an idea the players brought up in the meeting the day before the Super Bowl (that was the meeting where Jerry Richardson reportedly demeaned Peyton Manning).

The pegged cap would be based on revenue projections. It’s attractive to the players because it makes for simpler auditing and guarantees they will still get their money even if revenue comes in lower than expected.

Florio writes, “As of right now, the two sides are $10 million apart per team on the ‘pegged cap’ approach . . . The owners have offered $141 million per team in salary and benefits, and the players have requested $151 million.  If they can bridge the gap and devise a procedure for handling any excess growth, they should be able to do a deal fairly quickly.

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As to 2012, it’s our understanding that the gap in the respective cap proposals is only $5 million per team, with the league agreeing to pay what the players have requested in 2013 and 2014.”

A pegged cap would presumably be easier on NFL front offices, as they would be able to structure players’ contracts long-term with knowledge of the exact budget they’re working with.

The last capped year was 2009. The salary cap that season was $130 million.

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