RDSKNFN_48 Posted March 9, 2006 Share Posted March 9, 2006 FIRE UP REDSKINS ONE: CBA Talks: Owners Agree to New Deal By Gary Fitzgerald Redskins.com March 8, 2006 NFL owners agreed to a six-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday evening. The vote was 30-2. The decision is expected to increase the 2006 salary cap substantially. Free agency will now start on Friday morning, March 10, at 12:01 a.m. ET, according to NFL.com. The salary cap is expected to be more than $104 million, an increase of the $94.5 million that would have gone into effect without an extension. The lower salary cap figure would have forced several teams, including the Redskins, to release some veteran players. Head coach Joe Gibbs and team officials had worked diligently over the last few weeks to restructure contracts of veteran players, including quarterback Mark Brunell. It is expected that those contract restructurings will be voided now that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been approved. Gibbs has said that he expects the team to be aggressive in free agency with an extension of the CBA. Team officials have identified wide receiver, defensive line and cornerback help as positions of need this offseason. "The way I look at it is that we are one of the aggressive teams in the league when it comes to signing free agents and doing the things we need to do," Gibbs said earlier this week. "Everybody has their own mode of operation, but for us we feel like being aggressive when we see players that we can add through free agency." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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