Can’t Cash In: The NFL Free Agents Hurt Most if Salary Cap is Kicked

February 16, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Much has been made about the possibility of an uncapped year in the NFL if the owners and union are not able to come to an agreement on a new CBA in the next few weeks. 
Many fans have simply assumed that means that there's just no salary cap, and that any team can spend what they want on the usual crop of players whose contracts are up.
While that is partially true, there are actually a lot of stipulations that will severely limit the movement of NFL players who normally would be able to hit the open market.
First, there are heavy restrictions on what the top performing teams in 2009 can do in free agency unless they lose players first. That's going to restrict what they can do early in free agency, and should restrict movement overall with big market teams like the Jets and Cowboys in that pained top-eight group.
Basically, Minnesota, the Jets, New Orleans, and Indianapolis can only sign their own free agents, players who were cut, or if they lose a free agent—...

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