TK Posted March 2, 2006 Share Posted March 2, 2006 http://www.redskins.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=4016 Owners Break Off Talks With Players Union By Gary Fitzgerald Redskins.com March 2, 2006 The NFL is about to enter a period of uncertainty as the league's owners have decided to break off negotiations with the NFL Players Association on an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The free agency signing period is slated to start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning. The salary cap for the 2006 will be $94.5 million, the same as last season. That could force many teams, including the Redskins, to release veterans to get under the salary cap by midnight, before the start of free agency. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue addressed the media following an owners meeting in New York City on Thursday morning. The two sides are at an impasse over revenue sharing, Tagliabue said. Paul Tagliabue "The revenue sharing issue has never been an impediment [to negotiating a CBA extension] and it is not an impediment now," he said. "The difference between now and the past is the fundamental change in the way [the NFLPA] is defining their expectations as to the percentages that should go to players and the unwillingness and inability to recognize the very real costs that are associated with what the league has done in building new stadiums and generating revenues and investing in enterprises that produce the revenue." Added Tagliabue: "We feel that one of the positive things about the NFL is with the CBA and one that works for both sides. We have put a proposal on the table that would extend that until 2011 and we recognize that the last year of the current agreement is certainly not ideal in terms of operation realities and it's certainly not a good situation for anybody." Although the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) does not expire until after the 2007 season, talks for an extension have been going for more than a year. With no extension, the cap is significantly lower than most teams had hoped. For example, the projected salary cap with an extension would likely have been between $100-110 million. Also, with no extension, 2007 becomes an uncapped year. What does this mean for the Redskins? As head coach Joe Gibbs said last Saturday from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolsi, the Redskins have mapped out a number of scenarios based on whether the CBA was extended. So team officials are well-prepared for a scenario in which the CBA is not extended. Vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said last week that, with no CBA in place, the Redskins would likely focus more on acquiring players in the draft than in free agency. The Redskins have been working diligently over the last few days to renegotiate contracts with several veteran players. Quarterback Mark Brunell agreed to terms of a restructured contract earlier this week. Several NFL teams began the process of cutting players on Wednesday. Former Redskins running back Stephen Davis was among the players released by the Carolina Panthers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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