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One important CBA detail

Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: July 24, 2011 11:50 am
There's something you need to know about the new CBA and the timing for when training camps will start.

The new proposal stipulates the league year starts on the fifth day after the agreement is ratified, I'm told by a player source. Training camps cannot start until seven days after agreement is signed by both parties.

So we are still over a week away until camps start.

Union officials also expect some player dissent but fully expect agreement to pass.
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:12 am

One important CBA detail

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Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:26 pm

One important CBA detail

Now that the NFL lockout is over, it’s time to look at the real issues of the day, or at least of the season. Here’s a look at the top 10 issues facing the NFL as we head toward the start of free agency and training camp:
Kolb is all but delivered to Arizona barring a massive offer to trump what the Cardinals are about to give up. After that, Hasselbeck is probably headed for Tennessee and McNabb could end up in Minnesota, although that’s tenuous. Orton is the least likely to move and still has a good shot to remain the starter in Denver because  still has much to learn.

This isn’t as bad as you might think considering that roughly 500 of them will be draft picks and undrafted rookies whose contracts are fairly standard. However, the fact that so much work has to be done before everyone reports to camp by Sunday will make for one frenetic week. It will be fast, furious and fun. Cell phones will have to be charged constantly.

While the focus will be on the star players on the market, such as, and, the interesting part will be to see which teams or players panic and sign either too early or for too little money under the rushed circumstances.

 That will be the big question facing a number of veteran players in free agency. They will have to quickly decide if it’s better to stay with previous team, where they likely will know the system and the coaching staff, thus allowing them to play their best on short notice. Or will players risk changing teams and going to a new place, where picking up the system may be hard and where a new set of coaches will not know them as well. While that won’t be a problem for the top players in free agency, it will weigh significantly on the middle class of the league.

 Conversely, teams will have to measure short-term and long-term needs more than ever this season when they choose between veteran players who know how to play and rookies who have little or no clue. This will be a particularly difficult problem for teams that think they have to a chance to make a playoff run this season. Expect at least three or four teams to go heavy with a number of veterans on one- or two-year contracts.

  owner Jim Irsay keeps believing he’ll get a discount from Manning on a long-term deal, something in the area of $22 million a year.

Sorry, ain’t happening.

The richest deal in the history of the league is going to be just that. Manning is currently due $23.6 million next season as a franchise player. If Manning refuses to sign a long-term deal, the Colts will have to franchise him again. Under that scenario, Manning could make between $80 and $85 million over the next three seasons.

There is no incentive for Manning to take a serious discount off that figure. Though there have been reports that offseason neck surgery could sideline him during the start of camp, Irsay has publicly expressed no concerns. We’ll see if it has any bearing on contract talks.

 After more than seven months of waiting, the eight new head coaches (Ron Rivera in Carolina, Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco, Hue Jackson in Oakland, John Fox in Denver, Mike Munchak in Tennessee, Jason Garrett in Dallas, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier) will finally get to start working with their teams.

Frazier and Garrett have a head start, having taken over on an interim basis last year. And Jackson was previously the Raiders’ offensive coordinator. However, each of these coaches have a lot to do in a very short amount of time.

 For the 254 guys who got drafted (and another 250 or so who will get signed), training camp is going to be a blur.

The hard part will not only be getting them into football condition physically, but getting them mentally ready to handle even a limited amount of the game plan. For quarterbacks, this offseason has been a disaster.

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:05 am

One important CBA detail

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Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:33 am

One important CBA detail

man I never understood all this crap anyway. In my world if someone owns something means they are also the boss. If there is a union the try to get better wages and benifits for the players. But if there is no union the owners do not have to pay them millions they could pay them minimum wage if they chose. So what is the big deal all the owners have to say this is what we are giving you. If you do not like it. Go play arena football.. And just get players who want to play as a pro. And let them play the game. The players will be broke quick, so I do not understane these players. All the owners have to do is say MAKE MY DAY.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:36 am

One important CBA detail

I agree with you completely. How the owners got themselves into this position is beyond me. I have very little sympathy for the players when they complain about not being paid adequately. It is like Latrell Sprewell when he held out in contract negotiations because he said his children need to eat. Really? How screwed would these guys be if they held real jobs and got paid what most working stiffs like you and I get paid? 

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:33 pm

One important CBA detail

In keeping with the proposal the league laid out on Thursday night, the NFL is also expected to work out a three-day window for teams to sign their draft picks and re-sign veteran free agents who were on their team last year, although the contracts wouldn’t be official until the NFLPA became a union again. In addition, teams will be able to talk to all veteran free agents and undrafted rookies, though deals could not be struck until after the aforementioned three-day window.

All of this came together quickly after tempers subsided on the players’ side. Smith and many players expressed concern (some of it bordering on anger) for how the owners handled negotiations at the end. The players felt they were being forced into a deal when the owners approved what the league called an “agreement.” Fact is, there was no agreement.

That led to wild speculation throughout the player and agent community on Friday with some players going so far as to say they might let a week or two of the preseason go by before a deal was agreed upon. Given time to calm down, many agents and players considered the larger scope of the proposal presented to them and felt the deal had far more good than bad.

“Overall, it’s pretty balanced when you consider all the details,” one agent said Friday. “I told most of my players to take a breath and think it through. As [angry] as they were about what the NFL did, you have to look at the offer logically and figure out what’s fair.”

Said another agent: “A lot of players looked at what the owners did, even the 31-0 vote, and started saying, ‘If they think it’s so great, they must be killing us at the table.’ I don’t know every detail of the deal, but it really doesn’t look that way when you consider the whole package.”

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:43 pm

One important CBA detail

I have less a problem with the owners than I do the players. Every player has an individual contract, they can get what they are worth very easily, they do not need a CBA or union to get them the money.  I know I will hear its there to protect the lower payed players. Well news flash for ya, the players do not have to play for any money they don't want to, they can allways be like the rest of us and get a real job. The individual contracts make this all possable.  See in a real union the union has the contract and you get paid by that contract, you do not have an individual contract, you get paid the same as joe and pete. Next I will hear, well they need the union for thier pension plan. uhhh  the players that are good enough to hang out and acyually be able to collect on that pension will be making millions, if they set aside just 100 grand a year into an IRA or some other stable investment they would end up with more than they could get from a pension.  Next will be the insurance thing, wellll folks i see it as these guys decided to play pro football, no one is forcing them to do it, just like no one forces me to work where I do, so they should be responsable enough to have thier own health insurance that covers thier injuries. These guys get paid when they are injured, me I get hurt on the job I have to get workmans comp that pays 2/3 of my average wages, and whether I can do the job or not I am forced to work so many hours a week and that is part of tht 2/3 wages. The company provides insurance for us but the insurance is minimal at best, so I have to have a health policy of my own, and when I leave or retire, wow that health policy ends, unless I want to pay the full ammount.  the players should never balk at what they are offered.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:25 pm

One important CBA detail

I'm glad the squabble is over with, but it leaves me with a very bad taste in my mouth about the NFL players and owners. I am far less interested in their brand and have an unfavorable view of who these people are.

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