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Looking at how salary cap flexibility will work in 2011

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We reported Thursday that NFL teams would have a mechanism to make it easier to keep high priced veterans in 2011.

When the league rolled out their settlement agreement (which hasn’t yet been agreed to by the players), we found out how it all work.

Teams will have roughly $3.5 million in what would otherwise be performance-based pay available to fund veteran player salaries.  Teams could also “borrow” $3 million from a future salary cap that could be paid back.

The salary cap is set to be $120.375 million in 2011.  Combining the two exemptions for 2011, the number really rises to $126.885.  An extra $6.5 million won’t save guys that truly deserve to get cut, but it will make life easier for teams near the cap limit.

Look for plenty of teams to “borrow” from future years.  With television revenue likely to rise significantly in the future, teams can feel confident the salary cap is going to rise quite a bit.

In 2012, each club can also “borrow” up to $1.5 million in cap room from a future year.

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20 Responses to “Looking at how salary cap flexibility will work in 2011”
  1. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 22, 2011 3:11 PM

    Mike Brown wants to know if he can borrow another team’s $3.5 million.

  2. BroncoNick says: Jul 22, 2011 3:12 PM

    Why don’t they just make it easier and say the cap is $126.885? All this loophole stuff is annoying.

  3. gregwestlake says: Jul 22, 2011 3:13 PM

    Ryan Fitzpatrick- Harvard Alum- Economics Major- 3.74 GPA- 5th smartest player in Professional sports.

    Why isn’t he in that room? He could have gotten this deal done weeks ago.

  4. thenewyorkjets says: Jul 22, 2011 3:14 PM

    Nnamdi to JETS!!!

  5. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 22, 2011 3:14 PM

    I wonder if the players “disliking” the new deal was planned from the start. We don’t know this because De Smith hasn’t commented on it directly.

    For their interest, the players putting up a hissy fit and playing dumb is brilliant. They may get another something extorted from the owners.

  6. norcal031 says: Jul 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    Why is everyone such a player hater?

  7. realdeal12 says: Jul 22, 2011 3:16 PM

    This would be alot more interesting if there was actually going to be a 2011 season, because I am starting to believe there won’t be one.

    What do the rules look like for 2012?

  8. skoobyfl says: Jul 22, 2011 3:16 PM

    The Bills always make sure to stay nowhere near the borrowing part, just to assure a losing season.

  9. deadeye says: Jul 22, 2011 3:25 PM

    This is a good provision that will help some veterans who are “cap casualties” from being waived in the future. I think this agreement has some very good points for the players.

    The biggest reason that 31 owners are bhind it is the increased revenue sharing. We don’t know what the owners said to each other behind closed doors, but I guarantee that small market teams threatened to shut it down if the Jerry Jones and Robert Krafts couldn’t figure out a way to make the league profitable for ALL the owners. Well they have, and that will help small market teams from having to relocate to LA just to stay in business.

  10. silverhornet says: Jul 22, 2011 3:29 PM

    Do you get to choose which year you are borrowing the $3m from?

  11. tommyf15 says: Jul 22, 2011 3:36 PM

    deadeye says:
    Jul 22, 2011 3:25 PM
    This is a good provision that will help some veterans who are “cap casualties” from being waived in the future. I think this agreement has some very good points for the players.

    The biggest reason that 31 owners are bhind it is the increased revenue sharing. We don’t know what the owners said to each other behind closed doors, but I guarantee that small market teams threatened to shut it down if the Jerry Jones and Robert Krafts couldn’t figure out a way to make the league profitable for ALL the owners. Well they have, and that will help small market teams from having to relocate to LA just to stay in business.

    Has it been announced that there’s going to be more revenue sharing? I kept reading that thee was going to be less.

    I respectfully disagree with that last sentence. The NFL should be located in the cities that can best support a team.

  12. corndogluv says: Jul 22, 2011 3:37 PM

    The hell with these players make it so no player can make over 1 millon $ and tell them to take it or leave it. A year or so without fotoball and thell be begging to come back. I would like to see just one of them make a millon bucks doing anything else. Please if i here one more player talk about being a slave I am going to puke. pay me a millon dollars and i will gladly be a slave. Hey i bet most of us hard working people would be able to go to games.

  13. tedskins333 says: Jul 22, 2011 3:49 PM

    Why are we talking salary cap when the players won’t even agree to the CBA?

  14. prior0knowledge says: Jul 22, 2011 3:51 PM

    This post is a info-that-does-not-concern-fans.

    Really! Do you know all the players’ salary cap amounts so that you can differentiate between the $121M and $126M numbers?

  15. tommyf15 says: Jul 22, 2011 3:56 PM

    corndogluv says:
    pay me a millon dollars and i will gladly be a slave. Hey i bet most of us hard working people would be able to go to games.

    Go right ahead. Find that person that’s willing to pay you a million dollars to be a slave.

    Nothing is stopping you. Go.

  16. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jul 22, 2011 4:24 PM

    I personally am getting really sick of these idiot players (most of them any way) that can’t even spell their own names without help pretending that they have an IQ in double digits. Why would any player think they have a right to be or deserve to be a partner? About 95% of these players’ former colleges should revoke any type of diploma they gave these guys. Giving a guy, like so many of the players are, a diploma from a University is an insult and disgrace to any real student who had to earn it. It doesn’t take a business major from the Ivy League to understand that the nfl players accepted employment by the people with the money. True the players take risks with their health, this is sad but true, but they take ZERO business risk. Point is the vast majority of these players are literally at an elementary level education level. This doesn’t really have anything to do with the story, I just need to get that off my chest.

  17. dealer009 says: Jul 22, 2011 5:31 PM

    @ indianheadmeatpackingcompany

    Yeah, the players should have started their own NFL team. We all should. The owners would let us right?

  18. dccowboy says: Jul 22, 2011 6:24 PM

    The players are starting to sound like a bunch of four year olds, sticking out their tongues and saying, “I’m not gonna read it, and you can’t make me.”

    It’s pretty pathetic. For a bunch of guys who said repeatedly, “We just wanna play”, they don’t seem to be in much of a hurry now.

  19. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jul 22, 2011 6:25 PM

    @dealer009

    Skip an NFL team, the players should just start another League. The NFL, the owners and players ONLY have power because of the fans. If the fans wouldn’t allow themselves to be robbed and used this would have been done along time ago. I love the NFL. I know it would very hard to stop watching, but there are other Leagues. The owners and players will get richer no matter the out come. The fans are the only party that is going to lose and we will lose. There is no way the fans come out of this with anything except ticket prices that raise every year.

  20. mrseaballs says: Dec 15, 2011 1:22 AM

    Cut all salaries in half and lower ticket prices so it’s not a 1000.00 to take the family to a game!

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