Sunday, March 05, 2006

Here we go

Talks again broke off between the NFL and NFLPA late Sunday night, but the league moved the start of free agency back to 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

NFL owners will meet Tuesday in Dallas to discuss the NFLPA's latest offer.

Two teams struck just before free agency hit to re-sign their star running backs.

Seattle inked Shaun Alexander to a $62 million deal that will pay the reigning NFL MVP over $15 million in bonuses and salary in 2006.

Green Bay brought back Ahman Green for a one-year $5 million deal.

The Steelers did restructure running back Duce Staley's deal at a savings of $1.2 million. Instead of earning a base salary of $2.5 million in 2006, Staley will now earn $670,000. He will instead get the $1.83 million in signing bonus, lowing his cap hit in 2006 from $3.67 million to $2.34 million.
Also last week, the team officially placed running back Jerome Bettis on the reserve/retired list, thus clearing his $5.35 million salary off their books.

2 comments:

tannybrown said...

Dale,
I wonder how much the $10 million in cap space, assuming the CBA is extended, will really help the Steelers. Sure, they'll have $10 million more, but so will every other team. Does it truly put the Steelers in a better bargaining position for free agents?

Enjoying the blog,
Brian (tanny)

Dale Lolley said...

Tanny,
Good to see you here. The $10 million will allow them to help keep their own guys and maybe have a little left over to add a guy or two.
It also would keep them from having to cut guys, which is a plus.