No Salary Cap: Who Would You Hire?

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    No Salary Cap: Who Would You Hire?

    The NFL has not negotiated a salary cap agreement with the players' union.  So, having an infinite amount of money to spend, the Pats just signed six of their practice squad players to contracts.  This has never happened before.  Things are different now.

    The Pats have about 80 slots to fill for training camp, 53 slots in September, and a wildly profitable franchise where winning drives profits and now profits can drive winning. 

    1.  Whose contract is up?

    2.  So who would you hire for that slot if any free agent in the NFL was available and suddenly you could outbid anyone? 

    Let's start by rehiring Tom Brady.
     
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    Re: No Salary Cap: Who Would You Hire?

    Ok your premise is off from reality but yes other then Brady I would say go get Julius Peppers and sign Mankins and Wilfork long term at almost any cost.

    BTW, the reason I say your premise is off is because even though there is no cap there is going to be one in follow on years. That means teams have to be realistic in the contracts they offer these players. Also while Patriots are a highly successful team Kraft is a lead player in the CBA negotiations and will not do anything to give fuel to players union for expanding their piece of the pie too much.
     
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    Re: No Salary Cap: Who Would You Hire?

    That's right, the wiggle room this year is perhaps only 10% above the cap because there soon will be a cap and how do you meet it if you've overpaid everyone.

    But where this year's rules help is in the cuts that can be made--who cares if they count against this year's draft.

     
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    Re: No Salary Cap: Who Would You Hire?

    So, you can sign various free agents and restricted free agents to one year contracts of (to go overboard) $10 million, and all of that won't count against the cap in 2011.  At the very least, sign key free agents and restricted free agents away from the divisional rivals for one lucrative year. 

    When they're signed and in the fold, wait 24 hours and then sign these same players to an extension contract.  It's always cheaper and easier to sign a player a year ahead of time.  Nobody wants to be playing in a contract year.  They could get injured or have a bad year on a bad team, and then they'd be considered damaged goods. 

    So, poof, the free agent gets his fat bonus, the bonus and the expensive first year is not pro-rated into 2011, and then the free agent got a longer term contract on top of the bonus.  The Patriots are all set up for huge numbers of free agent signings (including resigning their own players) in 2010.

    If there's a loophole enabling Jonathan Kraft to count the whole bonus of a 5 year contract into the uncapped 2010, he will do just that.  Any other loopholes?

    Robert Kraft may be part of the bargaining committee, but if the NFL rules are set up, he's going to play by them, and he's going to play to win.
     
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