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  • What can an uncapped year do for you?

    It won't help you get younger. Assuming there is no collective bargaining agreement signed within the next three weeks, this will mean (a) most of the players who would have been unrestricted free agents will likely be retained by their current teams, (b) the free agents who do hit the open market will mostly be 28 or older because they have to have six years in the league, and (c) the youngest talent in the market will be players who were eligible for free agency several years ago and were unable to land long-term deals.

    This is bad news for the Rams. If the old CBA was intact the Rams would be sitting pretty $35 million under the salary cap. If the owners successfully negotiated the cap down, this would be even better for the Rams because it would put the squeeze on teams that had been playing it close. With no cap, the Rams are just a mid-market team in the middle of a transition in ownership.

    The free agent market will likely be smaller than usual and more expensive. Because there will be so few starters available in free agency, I would predict competition would be more fierce. This has less to do with the lack of a cap and more to do with simple supply and demand. Effectively, the 26-year-old crowd who would normally be up for their second contract will be removed from free agency, but there will still be a market for the 31-year-old third contract group and to a lesser extent the 35+ "I'm not dead yet" market.

    There will still be a few positions we might improve. The quarterback market is likely to be almost non-existent. Even guys like Tarvaris Jackson and Jason Campbell could be retained if their teams so choose, but there will be a few options at back-up runningback including Leon Washington, Willie Parker, Chester Taylor, and Chris Brown. It is unlikely that a true #1 receiver will hit the market, and only a small number of solid #2's. L.J. Smith, formerly of the Eagles, might be an option at tight end, and Ben Watson will be one of the top names in free agency if he is available. The best starter prospects are probably at defensive end: Julius Peppers, Aaron Kampman, and Kyle Vanden Bosch are all possibilities provided they are not tagged. There may be a few options at linebacker including Gary Brackett, Scott Fujita, Angelo Crowell, Cato June, and Tully Banta-Cain.

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    Re: What can an uncapped year do for you?

    I think in the case that there arent many decent free agents the smart thing to do is to stand pat for another year and not push it by overpaying marginal talent. We can focus on drafting well and look for impact free agents next year.

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    • #3
      Re: What can an uncapped year do for you?

      Well then we will have to improve the team in the draft!

      Also there isnt many FA that stand out for us like Jason Brown did last year

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      • #4
        Re: What can an uncapped year do for you?

        i think there would have been plenty of guys available that could seriously improve our team in a normal year, it's unfortunate that we might end up stalling our team's development an extra season due to cba negotiations.

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        • #5
          Re: What can an uncapped year do for you?

          Originally posted by molar_pistol View Post
          i think there would have been plenty of guys available that could seriously improve our team in a normal year, it's unfortunate that we might end up stalling our team's development an extra season due to cba negotiations.
          I agree 100%. The Rams could have signed 4 guys similar to James Butler. They are never going to be pro-bowlers but they can be solid NFL players.

          I still think with all the horrible rumors, Tavaris Jackson, Jason Campbell, Michael Vick and Kyle Orton will likely be free agents. Well, 2 of them will likely be.

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          • #6
            Re: What can an uncapped year do for you?

            Originally posted by RebelYell View Post
            I agree 100%. The Rams could have signed 4 guys similar to James Butler. They are never going to be pro-bowlers but they can be solid NFL players.

            I still think with all the horrible rumors, Tavaris Jackson, Jason Campbell, Michael Vick and Kyle Orton will likely be free agents. Well, 2 of them will likely be.
            I don't think there's much chance the Broncos would let Orton go. Who would start in his place? Chris Simms?

            Vick completed only 46% of his passes last season and can't run like he used to. The Eagles have a team option on his contract, which means in effect they have to cut him for him to hit the market. Tarvaris Jackson was only moderately successful on a team with a great offensive line, running game, and defense. Campbell was a poor fit for Zorn's West Coast Offense because he does not have great field vision and holds on to the ball too long, which doesn't bode well for what he might do in our version of the West Coast Offense. I can't say that I'm particularly enthused about any of those options.

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            • eldfan
              No-cap year would hurt the Rams
              by eldfan
              No-cap year would hurt the Rams

              New York Jets running back Leon Washington, left, and San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. (File photos/AP)By Jim Thomas
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              01/22/2010

              Kevin Demoff, the Rams' executive vice president of football operations, said there were times during the 2009 season when he would look at the team's salary cap sheet, "and we had about $2,000 of room."

              That was with a salary cap of nearly $128 million. But with the blessing of team ownership, the Rams decided to jettison several high-priced veterans, some who were aging and some who were under-performing.

              As a result, the team led the NFL in "dead money" — money that counts against the cap for players no longer on the team. The dead money soaked up much of the team's cap space. But the payoff would come this year, with the dead money cleared from the books, giving the Rams sufficient money to re-sign their own players or go out and sign other teams' free agents.

              That strategy was implemented under the premise of a salary cap in 2010. But unless there's an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement between the players and the club owners, this league year will be uncapped. The new league year — beginning with the opening of the free-agency trading period — starts March 5.

              The thought of no salary cap brings visions of free spending and players changing teams in record numbers. As it turns out, an uncapped year is not nearly as enticing because of accompanying provisions that kick in if there's no extension of the labor agreement by March 5.

              Namely:

              — Players with expired contracts are eligible for unrestricted free agency only if they have six years (or more) of experience instead of the usual four years. Under this scenario, players with four or five years of experience would revert to restricted free agency status.

              — Each team would be allowed an additional "tag" further limiting player movement. Currently, teams can use one franchise tag (or transition tag) on a player per offseason. If it's an uncapped year, teams can designate one additional player with a transition tag. ShopSTL Marketplace


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              But the impact of the first two provisions, particularly the six-year free agency requirement, hits the Rams where it hurts.

              "It limits the player pool," Demoff said. "It's going to be a challenging dynamic for all teams on how you get better, how you compete for players, and where you find the players that make your team better. Especially if you're a team that's still rebuilding."

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            • rammiser
              I'm beginning to hate free agency.
              by rammiser
              Free agency is getting out of control. As I watch average player after average player get signed to record deals and the really good ones get even more it really is out of control. This is something the NFL should look into. I dont know how they can do it but they need to figure this out. Performaced based maybe? Do you think the Whiners believe Clements is worth his contract from last year. He's a nice player sure but he's not worth more money than Bailey. It's just getting out of control every year the free agents get rediculous contracts that set the price tag for an even higher payoff the next year. Most of the time it isnt even worth what you paid. The draft is almost the same way, the number one pick get all this money and for what? Being the best college player? I like the NBA's system where there is a cap on how much you can make based on how long you've been in the league. It can be tough on older vets but it's not getting out of control anymore. I want the Rams to get some good players but I hate to see them get an average player for top tier money and that is free agency in a nutshell.
              -02-29-2008, 12:35 PM
            • RamWraith
              Don't expect any free agent miracles for the Rams
              by RamWraith
              I am guessing we aren't going to get any big names this off-season. I have this sneaky suspicion that teams will be using their franchise tag on most of the players that are going after big money. All the new money that is out there for teams this season is going to reek havoc with teams like the Rams who have managed their cap well over the last several years. Names like Thomas, Briggs, Clements are all going to get franchised. It is almost cheaper to keep them there at this point. So once again the Rams get hosed.

              You all might as well start looking at the second tier players that will be getting the big contracts.
              -01-17-2007, 10:56 AM
            • txramsfan
              Not much value will be had after June 1
              by txramsfan
              I really don't see much value coming out of the second round of free agency which begins June 1. Reason: the cap is so big that teams will be able to keep players at the position the Rams are in need.....D line. I really don't think any team is going to be so cap strapped that they have to let a stud on the D line go.
              -03-11-2007, 01:50 PM
            • RamWraith
              Rams Ready for Free Agency
              by RamWraith
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              By Nick Wagoner
              Senior Writer

              If becoming an NFL head coach was a dream come true for new Rams’ leader Scott Linehan, then the extended wait for the start of free agency and many of his offseason duties because of CBA problems was a harsh wakeup call.

              “It’s kind of like a rainout,” Linehan said. “(We are) getting ready to play the opening game and not getting to go play.”
              Well, the rain came to a halt Wednesday night when the NFL owners agreed on a 30-2 vote on the players’ proposal for a six-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.

              The agreement comes on the heels of a few delays of the start of the NFL “new year.” The new year is the beginning of the NFL’s fiscal year and is highlighted by the start of free agency.

              The lack of an agreement had made it difficult for many teams to get a firm grasp on the future of their rosters. The salary cap number was unclear and many teams had to make difficult cuts to attempt to get under the perceived salary cap number. The start of free agency was delayed multiple times and the only moves a team could make involved players who were released in those salary cap moves.

              Now, the picture is much less fuzzy and every team knows where it stands in relation to the salary cap. All of the details of the CBA extension are not known as of yet, but here’s what is clear.

              • The start of free agency will be pushed back again, this time until 12:01 a.m. Saturday. This will almost certainly be the last delay in the beginning of free agency as the two sides bang out the details of the extension and take time to understand the intricacies of it.

              • The salary cap will be around $102 million. That’s an increase of $7.5 million from the original perceived number of $94.5 million and $16.5 million more than it was in 2005. The number will rise again in 2007, to $109 million.

              • Final proration terms for signing bonuses (in other words, how many years you can spread signing bonus payments out over) will be five this year as opposed to four a year ago.

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              “This agreement is not about one side winning or losing,” Upshaw said in a statement. “Ultimately, it is about what is best for the players, the owners and the fans of the National Football League.”

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              -03-09-2006, 12:26 PM
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