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PostSubject: NFL, NFLPA battle could spread to 2012 restricted free agency   Thu May 24, 2012 3:43 pm

NFL, NFLPA battle could spread to 2012 restricted free agency
Posted by Mike Florio on May 24, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

With the NFL and NFLPA suddenly getting along even worse than the Hatfields and the McCoys, it makes sense to think about other ways in which the fight could manifest itself.

The union now claims that the teams engaged in collusion two years ago, establishing a secret $123 million per-team salary cap. Though that claim wasn’t specifically made before the current CBA was signed, the NFLPA previously claimed that the teams agreed among themselves not to sign each other’s restricted free agents in the uncapped year, when players with four and five years of service fell under the rules of restricted free agency.

Given that the union is now pursuing a collusion claim that arguably was waived by the current CBA, it’s hardly a stretch to wonder whether the NFLPA will turn its attention to restricted free agency in 2012.

Of the 42 restricted free agents, not a single one signed an offer sheet. The pool included players who could have been had with a first-round pick as compensation (like Steelers receiver Mike Wallace and Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb) and players who could have been had for no compensation (like Steelers offensive lineman Doug Legursky).

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PostSubject: Re: NFL, NFLPA battle could spread to 2012 restricted free agency   Thu May 24, 2012 9:02 pm

why pick up a unrestricted free agent and pay him big bucks when you can draft a player in the first round and pay him half the money and have him for up to 5 years.

I think spending big money in free agency is going to dry up.

I'm thinking this rookie salary cap for the college draft will help the Steelers in the long run to keep the talented vet. players they want to keep.

look no team wanted to give up a 1st round pick and a big contract for Wallace because. imho. a team who wanted a WR could trade up in the 1st round and get a WR they wanted at a better value.

might be the same next year for Wallace a team might think its a better value to trade up or draft in the first round for a WR and have him locked up for the next five years with the rookie pay scale. then negotiate a big four year contract for wallace.

don't know could be wrong.

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