Apparently the CBA isn't what we thought it was, and it could affect teams like the Miami Dolphins in a negative way.
Patrick sent this over to me because he was unable to post right now and he wanted to get this story out. He found out about this while he was listening to the Steve Duemig Show on 610 WDAE Tampa while they were interviewing Mark Dominik, General Manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He sent what he wrote to me, and it is the real story about the NFL Salary Cap. Enjoy, and be sure to share this with your friends. It is important that as many people know about this as possible, because the NFL is starting to look like the MLB and we don't want that.
Here it is:
The NFL CBA has a few tricks up its sleeve and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is not in the game. Apparently all this talk about teams having to spend 99% of the cap is a smoke screen masking the two years we will be watching major league baseball. Teams during the 2011 and 2012 seasons do not have a cap floor as had been reported… It's the LEAGUE that has a cap floor. What this means is the entire league must spend 99% of the cap but the teams can be over or under as long as 99% of the cap goes to the players.
Philadelphia has made some startling signings of high dollar Free Agents like CB Nnamdi Asomugha with complete disregard for the salary cap. Tampa Bay has signed a few of its own Free Agents, but has not approached the $120 million cap. The Eagles have no worries because their number over the cap is offset by the Bucs number under the cap. Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco go with Brady and the boys while Buffalo remains far under the cap. Does anyone smell a rat?
Basically, in 2011 and 2012 the league must use 99% of the cap, but there is no ceiling for any team and no floor for any team. In 2013 and 2014 ALL teams must use 99% of the cap. In 2015 it goes back to the league using 99% of the cap and then teams must use it for the remainder of the contract. For the next two years, the teams willing to spend money can pick up any players they want until the league total revenue is spent. This is why Philly and NE jumped in and grabbed those guys early.
Is the NFL selling the Super Bowl to the team willing to spend the most money? Why has Stephen Ross not given Jeff Ireland the green light to load up for a Super Bowl run? Why have Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder been somewhat on the sidelines of this free-for-all? There is some hocus-pocus going on around the NFL, and it looks like everyone is all in from the owners to the players. One would get the impression somebody out there thinks Andy Reid and the Eagles are in line for a Super Bowl title. This is reminiscent of when all the planets aligned for Bill Cowher.
The NFL has quietly turned into MLB and they’re lining up the advantages for the next Super Bowl winner. If I were a betting man I would be going all in for the Eagles. Place a second bet on NE because it looks like Robert Kraft is being paid back for his influence in getting this agreement done. Stephen Ross has chosen to remain on the sidelines instead of putting his money where his mouth is. So the next time we want to smear Ireland maybe we should glance a little further up the food chain and find the real culprit.
Are we seeing the end of parity? Has the NFL become MLB? Does this agreement mean the end of professional football as we know it? Will the Miami Dolphins ever choose to play, or are they willing to watch football in February like the rest of us? Things that make you go HUMMMMMM.....