Owners will get a refresher on the rules of the uncapped year

The agenda for Wednesday’s business meeting in Chicago for NFL owners includes an update on the current labor talks.

The presentation, per a league source, will include a summary of the rules that apply in the uncapped year.

This implies that the league fully intends to proceed with an uncapped year in 2010, which isn’t much of a surprise given that NFLPA Executive Director De Smith already believes that the owners will thereafter lock out the players.  There simply can’t be a lockout if a deal is struck before the uncapped year begins.

The uncapped year had been sold for years as a boon for the players.  In reality, it could be a bust.  With no salary cap there also will be no salary floor, allowing cash-conscious teams to paste together a roster limited only by the minimum salaries applicable to the various levels of experience.

Also, players will need six years of service to become unrestricted free agents, and teams will be able to use one franchise tag and one transition tag or two transition tags to limit the options of unrestricted free agents.

Perhaps most importantly, the rules limit the ability of teams finishing in the final eight to sign players from other teams.  This could limit movement via big-money deals, especially if a free-spending franchise like the Redskins or the Cowboys makes it to the divisional round of the playoffs.

11 responses to “Owners will get a refresher on the rules of the uncapped year

  1. We aren’t making the final eight this year, but we can finally buy a championship next year.

  2. litemater says:
    August 18, 2009 4:10 PM
    What will Dan Snyder do????????
    Finance some more crappy Tom Cruise movies?

  3. Hey Florio, I haven’t seen one article on the American Needle vs NFL case on your site yet. What’s the deal? Assuming your familiar (that was a shot) I think a lot of your readers would be interested to know how the outcome of that case could affect the negotiations in a MAJOR way.

  4. i want this to happen in the worst way.it’s about time that these people learn what it’s like in the real world.this goes for both managment and labor.

  5. So, if there is a lockout and a disruption to games played, how does that affect season ticket holders who pay $$ up front for all of the games? In the strike year for example, did fans have to pony up the same amount of $$ to watch has beens (I am sure Jeff George will be ready.). Fill me in (please)!

  6. This loops back to my post in the Andre-Smith-holdout thread:
    The Bengals picked 6th, with all the players who were considered as the only “sure thing” draftees worthy of 1st-round money already off the board when Cincy’s pick rolled around.
    So maybe NOT signing Smith to a big time UNCAPPED contract is not the end-of-the-world problem everyone thinks it is?

  7. For the replacement games, ticket holders were offered the option of a refund or they could keep their tickets at full price.
    There won’t be replacement games this time around. That was a strike in 1987. The owners had the right to replace the striking players. In 2011 it would be a lockout. You can’t bring in a set of players to replace ones that you are locking out.

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