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Another rule could hinder QB deals

Posted by Albert Breer  July 18, 2010 10:51 AM

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The easy way out of this, of course, is to write one, big, fat check. Or write a big check now and load up the player's 2010 base salary, which is covered by the CBA

A huge signing bonus is, of course, guaranteed, because it's in hand. But in this environment, teams just aren't as willing to hand over that kind of hard cash, particularly with the prospect of a 2011 lockout coming and future penalties against a salary cap (if it returns) possible. The Jets tried to get around this in Ferguson's deal by, in essence, giving the tackle a roster bonus right after he was paid the signing bonus, since roster bonuses haven't been prorated over the life of deals in the past. Still, the league could decide to penalize those, too.

Brady and Manning could well take out insurance policies like Ferguson did to cover against injury, and the teams could guarantee future salaries against skill, but there's no telling whether they'd be willing to do that.

And ... see? It's complicated.

I talked to Colts president Bill Polian the other day, and from what he told me, it seems as if the toughest things about these deals and how they relate to the future is the enormity of them, and that's why he and Manning's agent, Tom Condon, have been talking since the spring about a new deal. There's simply a lot to cut through here.

This rule would be one more thing.

One thing that's important to note here -- This only applies to guys with existing deals, and is another reason you've seen so few extensions. So for a guy like Logan Mankins, who may be a restricted free agent, but is not under contract, this rule won't be a problem.

UPDATE (11:34 p.m.): Made a switch in the above language to indicate that you can guarantee money up to what you had left on your 2009 cap. Was in my Sunday Notes, but neglected to mention that here. So it reads correctly now.
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