In response to moskk's comment:
In response to RidingWithTheKing's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
With a flat cap, what you're seeing is that every guy who gets a really big contract (like Flacco) takes away money from other guys. You can only have growing contracts with a growing cap. Once the cap is flat (or near flat), it becomes a zero sum game. Anyone who gets a big contract is taking away money from the remaining guys. I think we're seeing a bit of that right now and it will likely continue for at least another year or maybe longer from what I've been reading. The question is whether cap growth eventually gets back to 5% or 6% per year (like it was in the past, with a few notable higher increases in the players' favour in 2006 and 2009 and a drop in the owners' favour in 2011) or whether it stays in the 1% or 2% level it has been recently. It's hard to predict unless you know the NFL's revenue situation and all the details of the revenue calculation for the purpose of determining the cap (which, of course, none of us know).
Right. We don't know, but as an owner and GM you could have guessed and ballparked it. I would have been in Kraft's lap if I was an owner during those lockout sessions.
The owners locked out for a reason. It was because they felt the revenue, as great as it was, wasn't impacting the entire 32 teams evenly,
This is why in our debates, I kept suggesting to you and others that the union will not win in that and the owners will wait until they get total control of when and how much the spikes come.
In the last CBA, the spikes favored the players more which hurt (in the owners minds) the ROI on the "product" which are the players.
So, for any NFL team to be so arrogant (Jets) or dumb (Redskins, Bears, Cowboys, etc) or both, is their own fault.
I saw it a mile away. BB knew it, scaled it back, loaded up on picks, waited in the weeds and now is letting the market tumble down to him. Utter genius.
Flacco's deal will still be awful in 2015 when his cap hit jumps signiifcanlty. 2016, his cap hit is 29 million! Even with an extension/restructure, they will be in serious trouble for years and years with that deal because he's overpaid on the currrent market.
He wins big time, but the Ravens and their fans lose big time.
I very much enjoy benefitting from your knowledge of market trends, economics and timely info on football in general and the Pats in particular. What makes this forum special, however, is the varied opinions of Pats fans on topics of interest. It may be obvious that some input seems rather naive or ill informed yet frequent reviews of well hashed topics help increase our collective understanding of pertinent issues(or opinions).
It's important, as a contributor, to be gracious and patient when responding to another fan's ignorance of information already discussed since some of us have unwieldy work schedules (or obligations) and the pure volume of input may escape our notice. To demean someone's question smacks more of intellectual snobbery than helpful dialogue. Trolls excepted, we're here to share knowledge and learn from one another!
I think there is a difference between someone asking and wanting to learn about something in life and someone who thinks they know things, didn't do their homework, and then mocks BB or acts belligerent.
Appreciate your comments, but it does get quite annoying after explaining these concepts over and over, only to see some literally be that ignorant or refuse to learn.
It's like the Reiss thread when people are talking about how professional he is and how arrogant and ignorant Felger/Mazz are.
When people have knowledged on a topic, I like to learn from them. We have some here who refuse to or actually go as far as mocking BB because apparently the concepts are too much for them.
Bdbreu is notorious for not learning, mocking BB and knee jerking spam threads on here, usually in fragmented sentence form.
Point well taken but in defense of Bredbru, his opinion about the 1 year Talib signing obviously indicated that he didn't understand the implications of the "flat cap" in 2014 nor what impact that might have on 2015 salaries etc.. Your explanation was great without the put-down.
Sometimes the best way to educate is to lay out the facts in such a way that the reader suddendly figures it out for himself. (In that fashion you've made a friend.)