Well the league did indeed extend the contract by
six years and thus avoid losing the Salary cap which I feel does much good for
this league. As the third revenue team in the leage we are in good shape
either way but I want my sport to excel not just my team. It is
interesting to me that the final details were done on the last day as New
England and New York (Jets) combined to make on proposal, Baltimore and
Pittsburgh another and then allegedly Al Davis and Paul Tagliabue combined them
for the final version... astounding the rivalries overcome in that
The new Cap will be near to 102 Million but has not
yet been finalized. The ony owners to vote against were Buffalo and
Cincinatti. One of them claimed it was because it was too
rushed...apparently feeling he was confused and thus opposed - I wonder if he
truly evaluated the other option very well...sigh.
The key points besides money were a change to
Signing bonus language so that it cannot be so 'hinged' as was the case with
Ricky Williams and our own Terry Glenn in the past. The second is the
franchise tag restrictions which are now also more player friendly.
I do tire of hearing them all emphasize "For the
Fans" when I think we are a rather low priority for most of them when financial
factors are on the line but that's the nature of business...I just wish they
wouldn't toss the quote out quite so often.
Free agency can now begin in earnest in 48-72 hours
and aI'm elated and ready for some real noews.
Here's to 2006 and the Pats return!