The CBA Is The Root Of The ProblemJuly 5th, 2010
Until a CBA is agreed upon with the NFLPA, don’t expect the Bucs to sign many free agents.
Jamie Dukes, of the NFL Network, seems to channel frustrated Bucs fans in a recent NFL.com chat when he claims Team Glazer has no cash.
This is the second time I am writing this Dukes! I have submitted this question every week since the draft!!! What’s up with Tampa Bay? The only offensive threat they have is Winslow, and no other help for Freeman. Why don’t they persue T.O. or another free agent?
Jamie Dukes, NFL Network
Well, it’s not quite that simple. If that were the case, this would be a major surprise to people like Mike Nugent, Luke McCown and Kellen Winslow. But why rely on Joe when you can read the words of NFL.com columnist Vic Carucci, who spelled out the financial issues of various NFL teams in an NFL.com chat over the weekend.
Shane, Los Angeles, CA
VC: Why arent more teams taking advantage of the uncapped year? Teams could take their franchise players and negotiate long term deals for the better management of future salary caps. As an example, the Cards could take Dockett, resign him to a 5-yr deal, give him 50% up front, 30% in base salary (over the remaining 5 years) and use the remaining 20% on incentives. I know there is risk, but for every Haynesworth there are ten Mannings or this league wouldnt work.
Vic Carucci, Senior Columnist, NFL.com
You make good points, but I think the biggest risk that is being considered is the uncertain labor situation. Teams are reluctant to lay out a lot of cash for players knowing that if there is no football for part or all of 2011, they won’t have any income. Another factor is the economy, which has hit NFL club owners as hard as it has hit so many other parts of corporate America. It has had a real impact on cash flow, another reason for a more cautious approach at least for the time being.
In short, as Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said months ago on Sirius NFL Radio, how can teams responsibly throw money at players when they do not know what the salary cap will be two years from now, thus painting themselves, potentially, into salary cap hell?