Young is due to receive a $4.25 million roster bonus on the 10th day of the 2011 league year, which as a practical matter gives the Titans 10 days to try to line up a deal with a new team — and also to hope that Young would restructure his contract to make a trade more palatable. That already difficult task gets a lot more difficult under the new CBA.
In the summary of the proposed deal that was reviewed by the NFLPA* this week, which was obtained by Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and 101sports.com and forwarded to PFT, the due date for all offseason option and roster bonuses will move to the second day of the new league year.
So, basically, once the doors open, the Titans will have one day to trade or cut Young, or they’ll owe him $4.25 million.
And for those of you who already are wondering, this twist doesn’t help Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. His $10 million option bonus is ultimately due one day after the regular-season opener. Thus, the Redskins will be able to continue to squat on his rights.