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More teams push base salary into future years

As it turns out, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre isn’t the only guy who recently signed a contract with a portion of his base salary deferred into future years.

Several other teams have used the device in recent weeks.

Per a league source, receiver Marty Booker’s contract with the Falcons pushes part of his base salary beyond the coming season.  Ditto for the contract given by the Broncos to rookie running back Knowshon Moreno.

We’re also told that the Cardinals recently have restructured the contract of receiver Larry Fitzgerald, not to create more cap space for an extension to be given to Anquan Boldin, but to push money that would have been paid this year into 2010.

On one hand, it’s possible that teams are doing this to create the impression that they’re having money troubles, without specifically saying that they opted out of the current labor deal two years early because of money troubles.  (If they were to expressly make that connection, the owners arguably would have to open their books to the NFLPA.)

On the other hand, if it’s a ruse, it’s an elaborate one.

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9 Responses to “More teams push base salary into future years”
  1. VegasChris says: Aug 19, 2009 4:54 PM

    … perhaps it is in case the players go on strike!

  2. Silver&Black666 says: Aug 19, 2009 5:04 PM

    Should read….More teams push the bile back up Florio’s ass!

  3. radovichsrevenge says: Aug 19, 2009 5:15 PM

    Don’t you think the NFL already has admitted they opted out of the CBA early because of money troubles?
    http://radovichsrevenge.com/2009/08/18/should-the-nfl-be-required-to-open-its-books/

  4. worldinmyeyes says: Aug 19, 2009 5:25 PM

    Elaborate ruse Florio? If the owners are in such sorry financial shape (as you seem to be increasingly shilling) then surely they would be willing to grant the request that they open their books for an audit…wouldn’t they?

  5. LL Live says: Aug 19, 2009 5:51 PM

    Your parent company, N-B-freakinC, is making sure there is plenty o’ money and providing a lockout warchest. A blog hack might think you should probably have had a disclaimer in this post. Just sayin.
    - PS blog hack sounds like a cat throwing up a hair ball.

  6. dwarftosser says: Aug 19, 2009 6:24 PM

    With next year looking like it will be an uncapped year, doesn’t it make sense for teams to try to move as much salary as they can to next year so they can have more cap room this year?

  7. adslfjsdfld says: Aug 19, 2009 6:24 PM

    I am surprised players allow teams to do this right now. The top federal tax rate is set to increase in 2010 as the Bush tax cuts expire and it appears Obama wants to pay for other items by taxing the top 5% even more. I would think players would want to “earn” the income in 2009 then wait to “earn” the income in 2010 and pay a higher income tax.

  8. SpartaChris says: Aug 19, 2009 6:33 PM

    worldinmyeyes says:
    August 19, 2009 5:25 PM
    Elaborate ruse Florio? If the owners are in such sorry financial shape (as you seem to be increasingly shilling) then surely they would be willing to grant the request that they open their books for an audit…wouldn’t they?
    ======================================
    Why? If the company you worked for was laying people off due to increased costs, would they open their books to you to prove they need to take cost cutting measures?
    The CBA is really nothing more than a game of poker. Neither side would be wise to show more of their hand than absolutely necessary.
    That said, players already get a 60% cut of the revenues. How much more are the owners supposed to continue to pay players?

  9. Silver&Black666 says: Aug 20, 2009 2:48 PM

    adslfjsdfld
    About 5% of the players are smart enough to comprehend that concept.

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