bubba9497 Posted March 9, 2006 Share Posted March 9, 2006 http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2361094 click link for full article Extra $7.5 mil major boost for many franchises At least one-third of the teams in the league, and probably closer to one-half, might have been relegated to spectator status in free agency had the agreement not been struck. Players certainly were facing the prospect of dramatically reduced financial expectations. There would have been fewer serious suitors in the market and a serious money crunch. The beginning of free agency is always a little reminiscent of those annual bridal gown sales at Filene's Basement, with a mad dash to snatch up bargains. The new labor accord will provide for that same kind of zaniness again, but not everyone will have to head for the bargain bins now. "I think it will mean, in general, a much livelier market," said Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. Said Falcons general manager Rich McKay: "It means a more traditional market. Teams have room to do a little business now, and that wasn't going to be the case [without the CBA extension]." Make no mistake, there were several teams that were well-positioned before the labor agreement -- clubs with $15 million to $25 million in available salary cap space -- to dive right into the free agent pool last week. The Cleveland Browns made no pretense of the fact they planned to break quickly from the gate. Arizona had already arranged trips for several players, such as New York Giants cornerback Will Allen, for last Friday, the originally scheduled start to the free agency period. Even the cap-strapped Washington Redskins had revved the engines to owner Dan Snyder's private jet, and were set to ferry in St. Louis strong safety Adam Archuleta for a first-day visit. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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