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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