NFL Salaries in 2010: Living In An Uncapped World

February 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

One of the biggest questions as the NFL prepares to start the 2010 season is: What does an uncapped year mean?
For the NFL, the 2010 year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement begins March 5. The chances of the owners and the players miraculously hammering out a new CBA before March 5 are about equal to the high temperature in Cleveland being 100 degrees that day.
It could theoretically happen, but don’t lay any money on it.
As spelled out in the current CBA, there are rules to govern an “uncapped” year. While any NFL owner now can spend as much as they want without suffering a penalty, there are new limitations on free agency in an attempt to keep competitive balance.
Players formerly qualified for free agency after four years in the league; that number has now increased to six and directly affects 212 players. Those 212 players now are restricted free agents and can be tendered one-year contracts to keep them from leaving.
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