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A new CBA means a reality for NFL vets

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    NFL economics leave many vets jobless
    By Kevin Acee - 8:32 P.M. - APRIL 10, 2013

    The single-biggest issue for NFL players when the Collective Bargaining Agreement was being negotiated in 2011 was the desire to have more time off.

    They got their wish – many of them in a way they never imagined.

    They got it in the form of unemployment.

    “You could field a really good team with the guys on the street,” one agent said recently.
    Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips would start for that squad.

    Not a Pro Bowler but a consistent performer, the 31-year-old Phillips had 9½ sacks for the Chargers in 2012 in advance of becoming an unrestricted free agent.

    A month into free agency, a guy who has averaged better than eight sacks over the past eight seasons remains without a team.

    There are many more cases, and there have been an increasing number of them since the new CBA ended the lockout two summers ago.

    Perhaps the best example of this new economic reality in the NFL is this offseason’s flooded cornerback market. Not long ago, top corners were getting multi-year deals with $8-10 million averages. This year, some of the best guys have signed one-year deals for $3-5 million.

    It's a shame.

    But this is on the player's union, which now has a good portion of its constituency living with its compromise.

    The reality is that the salary cap is not even as high as it was in 2009 and is not rising fast enough for the same volume of players to continue to get big deals.

    The need to fit the top-end contracts in by jettisoning some bloated deals and finding bargains has made 30 the new 35 and 35 practically the new 65 in the NFL, as longtime starters who had productive seasons in 2012 may well remain without jobs forever as teams opt for to go with a replacement who may be only a fraction as good but comes at a fraction of the price.

    Get used to it.

    This is a new era, where players who have tread left on the tires will lose jobs to younger, cheaper models.

    Players can blame the owners, but the players agreed to this deal.

    It was the players who wanted more protection for their bodies in the form of shorter offseason programs and reduced contact in practice. It was their leadership that agreed to a deal that took the salary cap back to a pre-2009 level.

    At $123 million for 2013, the cap still is approximately $6 million short of what it was in 2009.

    Despite NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith boasting about gains made by the players after the new CBA was agreed to, the fact is the rich (a finite number of star players) are really the only ones getting richer.

    Sure, teams individually and collectively have to spend beyond a minimum under the current CBA. And yes, minimum salaries increased.

    But that did nothing to prevent veteran players who used to make $5 million having to settle for $1 million – or have no job at all.

    The cap, based on a formula prominently based on league revenues, is not expected to increase significantly until 2015, a year after the league’s new television deal kicks in.

    This new landscape could potentially work in the favor of the Chargers this year, as they search for a new left tackle and possibly a right tackle as well.

    There have not been and will not be high-stakes bidding wars for tackles such as Tyson Clabo, Eric Winston and Bryant McKinnie. It is likely, in fact, the Chargers can wait to see what needs they can fill in the draft before turning to available veterans.

    The new reality means NFL teams can afford to be patient, and veteran players are going to have to swallow their pride and play for what they can get.
     
  2. Charger Dave

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    From this point forward, gotta play HARD and do your best to stay off IR if you want to see a 3rd contract.
     
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    It's quite remarkable how many vets are out there..
     
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    Sedrick Ellis acknowledge buyer’s remorse from CBA
    Posted by Mike Florio on April 11, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT
    When the new labor deal implemented a rookie wage scale, the league and the union sold the greatly reduced pay for incoming players by explaining that the windfalls that previously went to unproven players will go to veterans.
    For the most part, that hasn’t happened. Especially this year, where free agency has been more tepid than ever.
    “I think from talking to a lot of other guys . . . the players in free agency are not quite seeing the money that was promised by cutting down the rookie salaries when they came into the league,” free-agent defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday night. “A lot of the big deals have been cut down, and a lot of the players who are going to be expecting big money either got cut or let go in some manner.
    “And I think that’s what you’re seeing when people are saying [there's] a little buyer’s remorse. It’s because we’re expecting a lot more money on the veteran end, and it’s just been hard. We haven’t seen as much of it as we thought we would have.”
    While the CBA now requires teams to spend 89 percent of the unadjusted cap on a four-year rolling average, that translates in 2013 to only $109.47 million per team.
    Actually, nothing must be spent this year, because the teams have the next three years to make up the difference. Even then, 11 percent of each year’s spending limit can be pocketed by the teams.
     

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