Quite frankly, I find it kinda dumb and/or overly detrimental to the league already but let's actually explore the meaning and usage of every particular article that this proposed CBA actually included.
1. We more than split the economic difference between us, increasing our proposed cap for 2011 significantly and accepting the Union’s proposed cap number for 2014 ($161 million per club).
Can we have specifics here, owners? How much is on each side of this split? Those facts would be really nice to know and the fact that the NFL is hiding them comes off as secretive and defensive of these figures. Considering this is one of the primary issues that the NFLPA was addressing and/or didn't agree with, not showing these numbers is disconcerting.
And not just more money but significantly more money? Aren't contracts ludicrous enough as it is? I'd like to see star players, best players in the league that ask for new contracts, not receive the new biggest contract at his position every year. It's growing redundant, ridiculous, and it's really not doing much for the team players.
2. An entry level compensation system based on the Union’s "rookie cap" proposal, rather than the wage scale proposed by the clubs. Under the NFL proposal, players drafted in rounds 2-7 would be paid the same or more than they are paid today. Savings from the first round would be reallocated to veteran players and benefits.
Rookie Salary Cap. Good thing? Yeh, I guess so, though I'd think that Round 2 is still kinda important and still makes some considerable money for a Rookie who has never played a down. When they were talking about cutting contracts down, I was thinking a considerable amount less than the NFL thought. I can't argue this though, more money allotted for proven players and supposed "Franchise" guys don't set the place back for years financially.
3. A guarantee of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the contract year after his injury – the first time that the clubs have offered a standard multi-year injury guarantee.
Extra money for injured players, but nothing incredibly significant on the cap? Sure, not bad, neutral on this one.
4. Immediate implementation of changes to promote player health and safety by:
- Reducing the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 to 10, and limiting on-field practice time and contact;
- Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season; and
- Increasing number of days off for players.
This can go die in a hole. We get it, Gooddell's on a player-safety crusade. The fines are alright, possible suspensions would be a approaching the line, this crosses it. I'm sorry, but for every team that's talented beyond belief (see: The Jets, the Chargers), there's just as many teams that aren't and have to thrive on good coaching. Limiting OTAs and practice time is counterproductive to winning formulas in the NFL. Teams need every bit of time to plan, practice, and learn to execute. I'm not a fan of this.
5. Commit that any change to an 18-game season will be made only by agreement and that the 2011 and 2012 seasons will be played under the current 16-game format.
Wait, I thought we wanted to make things safer for players? So why are we still doing this 18-game thing?
6. Owner funding of $82 million in 2011-12 to support additional benefits to former players, which would increase retirement benefits for more than 2000 former players by nearly 60 percent.
7. Offer current players the opportunity to remain in the player medical plan for life.
Seemingly good thing, I'm tentative about this one.
8. Third party arbitration for appeals in the drug and steroid programs.
9. Improvements in the Mackey plan, disability plan, and degree completion bonus program.
10. A per-club cash minimum spend of 90 percent of the salary cap over three seasons.
Wait, so we're forcing Mike Brown to spend money? HECK YES DO I WANT THIS.