With so many of us tuned in this week to see whether it's Dennison's job to lose, or whether John Fox will ever make it out of Carolina, I thought I'd take a step back and give an update on some of the future changes that will affect the Broncos with respect to the CBA negotiations.
In a quick search to find the latest news on the CBA, I came across this article. There were a few points that surprised me including our old buddy Dominique Foxworth being one of the three representatives for the NFLPA. I really wish we hadn't let him just walk away, especially now that we're dealing with a troubled rookie in Cox. The other point that I haven't heard before is that there's talk of the players going to the UFL if there isn't an agreement in the near future. This seems only as a threat by the players to show NFL ownership that they are not without options.
Really, I don't know much about the process of the CBA but I am familiar of a few highlights including (please correct me if I'm wrong on any of these):
- The expiration date is March 3, 2011
- As of right now only draft picks can be traded and only players who were free agents before the October 19th deadline are allowed to be signed during this time.
- If an agreement is not made before the draft, no players will be allowed to be traded for draft picks until after the draft. This means that trading Kyle Orton will not give us a pick until 2012.
- If a new agreement is not reached until this summer, there may not be free agency this year in which case players like Champ Bailey and Nnamdi Asumuagh would possibly be required to play another year with their current team or not play at all.
- It's been said lately that the "franchise tag" may be a part of the new CBA, however, no player (including Champ Bailey) can be franchised until a new agreement is reached. The players have little to bargain with but they are very much against the franchise tag.
- Players might have their health insurance discontinued during the lockout process. This also includes their families.
- The proposed "rookie cap" is a benefit to both sides, the owners want it, the veteran players want it. The places where this negotiation seems to be getting hung up are that the owners want an 18 game schedule, continued franchise and transition tags, and an 18 percent cost offset off the top of annual gross revenue.
This post is intended for informational purposes. I'm just trying to get information out their as it pertains to the Broncos. If you have more information to add please do so. GO BRONCOS!