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Goodell In No Rush

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no intentions of drawing lines in the sand, and is opposed to setting specific timetables two days before launching collective bargaining agreement discussions with the NFL Players Association.
According to the Associated Press, Goodell was adamant that his priority isn’t to establish deadlines to try to head off a potential uncapped year in 2010.
The scenario of having no salary cap if a deal isn’t reached before the free agency signing period next year is a potential bargaining chip for the league.  Just as there wouldn’t be a salary cap ceiling to curtail owners’ spending on player salaries, there would be no floor on that line item.
“We are not focused on that,” Goodell said of the prospects of a possible uncapped year.  “We are focused on getting an agreement that works for the long term.  We’re not specifically setting any deadlines or dates.
“Our issue is we know we have two more years of football.  We would like to have an agreement that works for everybody in that period of time. If it takes up to the final moment, it takes up to the final moment.”
Per the report, NFL counsel Jeff Pash will lead the negotiations and Goodell will attend the meeting with NFLPA officials.
New York Giants Giants offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara, the team’s player representative, predicted that an uncapped year wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for the majority of the players in the league.
“I don’t think every team is going to start being like the Yankees and start throwing money around,” O’Hara said.  “Some teams will do that, but on the flip side, others will say since we don’t have to spend $102 million, we’ll spend $80 million.  The landscape will definitely change and it won’t be a windfall for everybody.”

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9 Responses to “Goodell In No Rush”
  1. Levito says: Jun 1, 2009 6:14 PM

    but we know teams like the cowboys, raiders, redskins, etc will spend out the wazoo in order to try and buy the lombardi trophy. and it might work. well, not for the raiders or the skins, but possibly the cowboys.

  2. KILLER FINS FAN says: Jun 1, 2009 6:18 PM

    GEE THERE’S A SURPRISE, GOODELL TO DO NOTHING TO HELP THE LEAUGE!!! THE NFL USED TO BE THE #1 SPECTATOR SPORT & GOODELL IS GONNA RUNIT INTO THE GROUND!!! THANKS GOODELL FOR BEING THE WORST COMMISINER OF ALL PRO SPORT LEAUGES!!!

  3. sorethumb says: Jun 1, 2009 6:31 PM

    Mo Clarrett and Freddie Mitchell will be ready for the uncapped year.

  4. JakeDSnake says: Jun 1, 2009 6:48 PM

    Typical copycat league: Arizona has success using a no rush game plan, so Goodell copies it – but remember, it didn’t work out too well for McCain last year – and it’s still not working for Geddy Lee – and Chris Tucker is gonna need more than an hour…damn. This horse is dead.

  5. misterj says: Jun 1, 2009 7:00 PM

    Call it the unfloored year already.

  6. CD_Ridge says: Jun 1, 2009 7:49 PM

    And so it begins…

  7. SpartaChris says: Jun 1, 2009 8:09 PM

    Sounds like Shaun O’Hara reads your blog.

  8. screaming sheep says: Jun 1, 2009 8:17 PM

    Isn’t this the same thing that Florio has been saying for a year?

  9. bucsfan92 says: Jun 2, 2009 12:45 AM

    It is nice to see that players are realizing that a free-for-all spending spree is not the likely outcome of no cap/no floor year. If players that think this is a potential salary windfall, they need to look at the salary cap figures for teams right now. What makes them think they will spend all these extra millions of dollars in salary without a cap when many, if not most, of the teams are not even close to the salary cap as it stands right now. I think the players have way more to lose in an uncapped or no floor year than the owners do. They would be wise to work this out.

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