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Z Report: There Could Be Some Surprising to the New CBA Deal in the NFL

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Lanky Livingston

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Zierlien is one of the better talking heads out there - he was the one who scooped everyone on Haynesworth to Washington, for example. He doesn't guess like a lot of the other jokers out there (*coughPFTcough*) - so I definitely listen when he talks. Soft/no salary cap for the first few years of the new CBA? The Redskins could go wild!
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Details about the NFL’s CBA have been few and far between over the last month or so as the judge’s gag order has kept things relatively quiet, but I’ve learned from more than once source that fans could end up being very surprised with some of aspects in this deal that should be completed by this weekend.

I’ve been asking myself “why would NFL veterans and their leader, DeMaurice Smith, negotiate a new deal that would get so many veterans cut as a result of teams needing to get under the cap?”

The players are clearly excited about the agreement in the proposed CBA that would force teams to spend as much money as needed to reach the $120 million dollar threshold, but this deal could still hurt veterans on teams who have been aggressive with their spending and who find themselves over the proposed $120 million threshold.

I might have found my answer.

I’ve learned from people close to the negotiations that we may not see the massive cap casualties that we’ve expected. In fact, there may not be any penalties for teams who are over the $120 million dollar threshold. What that would allow teams to do is hang onto veterans, if they so choose, without penalty. What was less clear to me was whether or not we’ll actually even see a salary cap. It is my understanding that for the first few years of this deal, the “cap” on spending could be soft or even non-existant.

Now why would the owners agree to that? Isn’t that the baseball model that has created such a disparity between the haves and the have nots? Yes and no.

Many on the players side believe that this CBA has as much to do with the big market owners trying to find a way to force out the owners of small market teams as it does with finding a way to split up money between players and owners. There is big TV money on the way and both the players and owners know this. I promise you that if Bob Kraft and Jerry Jones were in charge of getting a deal done, they would have made the minimum spending $140 million or more and they would have agreed to a CBA a LONG TIME AGO. According to my sources, many owners view this CBA as their big opportunity to get rid of owners they don’t like.

So in summary, we might all be surprised to find out that there is actually a soft cap or even no cap for the first few years of this deal as the NFL transitions from the old CBA to the new CBA. If that is the case, then could any team in the league become a player in the free agent market this year no matter how much they are currently spending? It could happen.

http://blog.chron.com/fantasyfootba...sing-elements-to-the-new-cba-deal-in-the-nfl/
 

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I posted last week that there was going to be no salary cap this year and that this CBA would be phased in. So this is close to confirming it.
 

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Yeah, I bet Jerruh has been trying to get a deal like that in place, he is desperately close to being in a pinch regarding the salary cap.
 

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kinda makes all our house-cleaning irrelevant, don't it? ugh. here we go again....
 

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