Mike Wallace signed a big dollar deal and he was not a top 5 wr. 13m per for wallace is big. Ellerbe who has barely been able to stay on the field signed for 5 yr 35m.
Teams are starting to mimic the better teams that show constraint in free agency. They are not signing veterans to long term big dollar deals because of the future cap implications.
With the current agreement their is no way that collusion can take place amongst the owners as they have a floor. As long as they are above the floor they are meeting the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement. Agents may not like that the owners are being more responsible in how they allocate their cap but it is not collusion. The agents complaining are probably the ones representing the big name vets that are not getting big dollar contracts.
The NFLPA was right that the owners colluded during the uncapped year. They colluded to keep payrolls low so that it would be advantageous in the negotiations. Part of the agreement was that the NFLPA would sign off on right to sue the NFL over collusion which is why their case was tossed out.
Just because they are not happy with how the teams are spending to the requirement does not make it collusion. This sounds like sour grapes from the agents. They should direct their attacks at De Smith who negotiated a horrendous deal. Are you aware that the cap is lower or flat to where it was prior to the new agreement?
Because it's a young man's game. If you aren't in or coming off a rookie contract, you are old. If you are old, there aren't premium dollars available.
But that said, Ed Reed got PREMIUM dollars for who he is and where he is in his career. Kruger and Ellerbe BOTH prove that LBers are still getting overpaid. Ellerbe got a HEFTY raise over what Tlloch, Lofton and any of the other ILBers got last year, why? Supply and demand. Last year there was a TON of ILBers available, so they went cheap. This year, he was the only young, promising guy. Guess what position is FLOODED this year, PASSRUSHER. Kruger got the premium deal becuase he was youngest, and the rest are getting lowballed comparatively.
Supply and Demand.
Funny how when it comes to paying QB and WR they aren't so worried about spending. Yet DE and CBs can't seem to get the same $$ they used to because money is tight under the cap.
They are overvaluing the QB and WR spots because they are shifting the game to more points aka fantasy football.
Again if someone else has a better reason for why defensive players are no longer seeing the $ they used too please offer it up.
Meanwhile the Cowboys just extended a veteran 32 year old QB for $108M but a 27 year old LB (Dan Connor) making like $3M gets asked to take a paycut and is eventually cut because "money is tight". Riiiight.....
You keep bouncing back and forth between "the sellers are colluding" and "the league is emphasizing offense". At this point, I'm not even sure what your point is.
The GMs are spending money in a way that best allows them to compete. There were no CBs in free agency worth a big deal. Last year there were a couple of corners that got big $ deals. Webb being one. Brandon Carr being another. You don't think Ellerbe's deal was big? He is making the same per year as Ray Lewis did in his prime. Dashon Goldson signed a deal for 8m per year. Most of the top defensive free agents were franchised. The CB market was weak this year. You had Sean Smith who led the league in giving up TDs and First downs as the top corner. He got 6m per year for 3 years.
There were no DPOY type of free agents this year. Next year you will have some big defensive contracts with Clay Mathews, Geno Atkins, Jairus Byrd and Brian Orakpo. Assuming Orakpo stays healthy. Are you forgetting the deal Mario Williams signed last off season?
Just do me a favor. If before the end of this current CBA lawsuits are filed and QB and WR contracts continue to balloon well above all other positions remember this thread.
The game has changed and GMs are changing their approach to win. Their is no collusion. The game is not changing just for ratings. It is changing because of safety. There is still a large lawsuit against the NFL by former players. That is driving the changes as much as the ratings. CBs and pass rushers are still going to get large contracts. The Ravens did not value Boldin at 6m for just one year. They asked him to take a pay cut.
However, I think a lot of owners and GM's have seen the writing on the wall with how these salaries just keep growing and growing.
At some point owners and GM's need to say enough is enough.
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I don't understand the "collusion" angle (?) The NFL has a $alary cap, and floor, so every team has to spend a minimum or maximum amount. If a team decides to put a high percentage of their cap into a few players, then they have le$$ to spend on the balance of their roster. Where is the secret conspiracy ? ... Bc
Yet another lowball defensive contract. Brent Grimes gets $5.5M for one year. Last year he played under the franchise tag for $10M.
Last year guys like Carr and finnegan were getting 5 year contracts for $10M per year.
Now Grimes, Talib can only land 1 years deals for $5M?????? Hmmm......
The ideal for each player is to 'get paid' and win.
With the Salary Cap things aren't that easy. For most players there comes a decision time, 'get paid' or Win. The continuously successful teams have a command of the cap and make a point of not overpaying for the talent they put on the field. The also rans, however, have always demonstrated the idea 'we are only one or two players away' from being successful and will overpay to get them - rarely are those overpaid one or two players enough to make the team a contender for one year, let alone the long term.
With Seattle getting talent 'on the cheap', makes one think that players view Seattle as a winner and they are willing to take something less on the pay front to be a part of that winner.
The FA's that the Ravens have picked up also appear to have come to the Ravens with that same mentality. The FA's that left the Ravens, have yet to know what life is like at the other end of the W-L standings. They will find out.
They've talked about this on Movin the Chains a few times. The market is flooded with FA talent in a year when the cap stayed flat. Then there are more players in the draft than there are roster spots. Next year is not expected to be any better. Some agents are going for nor year deals or two years that are essentially one year deals, so they can do it again next year. They feel the smart money is to go for longer deals even if they're not great, to stay out of this game next year.