I thought that this was a good read about upcoming cap issues that certain teams will have to deal with in the offseason ... The first part deals with Peyton Manning & the Colts but then breaks down some other teams' dilemmas ...
Originally posted by Mayhem I thought that this was a good read about upcoming cap issues that certain teams will have to deal with in the offseason ... The first part deals with Peyton Manning & the Colts but then breaks down some other teams' dilemmas ...
Interesting, however, this is what the owners wanted. Everyone knocks baseball's union, but think about it, baseball isn't in this stupid situation. My interest in football has waned as this crap continues and good temas can't stay together and most of the league wallows in mediocrity.
It's sad that these rich owners have such little self-restraint that this was even necessary. This has also helped the coaching carousel speed every faster.
I think football is in the best shape of all the sports. No guaranteed contracts which have been the albatross hanging around the other sports neck. A salary cap which give a fair amount to the players. Teams manage themselves within the cap and how they spend their money is up to them. Bad decisions can be rectified and teams turned around rather quickly. Good teams are able to manage the cap and can be contenders for a significant amount of time.
Would you like to be a basketball team with their salary cap? It is difficult for a team to rebuild their roster.
Hockey has become like fantasy football. The teams at the top try to tear guys off the roster of bad teams as the trade deadline approaches.
The good thing about the NFL cap for the Colts is that there isn't ANY team that will be able to break the bank to sign Manning. Even if they wanted to, they'd be screwing up their cap situation so badly that it wouldn't be worth it. I think the Colts will have to come up with an extremely creative contract to lessen the cap blow as much as possible, but they are the ones who let Manning's rookie contract run out without resigning him to an extension. That's fairly unheard of anymore with quarterbacks.
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The Titans have a huge challenge. Carter, Rolle, and George are going to have to take cuts. I don't see how the Titans can let George go. Brown looked good in the playoffs, but he was hurt for all of preseason and more than half the regular season games. He has the same upright running style as George, but is built smaller, and I don't think he can last a full 16 games. McCareins is gone I think, and that sucks. Same thing for Kearse. Hopefully the Freak lands in the NFC so he doesn't torment the Titans for years to come. It could be possible to do a sign and trade with Kearse, moving higher in the first round, and drafting McNairs eventual replacement. He can't last forever, and it would be great to have a guy sit behind him for two or three years just to learn. Worked for McNair at least.
The Titans have been really good at drafting and developing their core players for years now. Mcnair, George, Mason, Bennett, McCareins, Olson, Kearse, Haynesworth, Smith, Bulluck, Rolle, Dyson, and Williams have never played a down for another team. So even if they lose some high priced guys this offseason, I'm sure they will rebound in the draft and in the guys waiting to play right now.
The Titans could afford to let go of George, as much as it would kill them to release a guy who's been such a horse and such a team leader for all these years. He just doesn't have much left in the tank. Tennessee can cut their losses and either draft a new RB or try to trade for someone else.
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The Titans have some serious shit ahead for them ... Although Eddie hasn't ran like the Eddie of Old, he's still the emotional leader for the this team. He's the guy that gets the troops fired up before the game and I'd like to see him finish his career here.
I like Chris Brown ... I think he's got a future, but it's like Jeff Fisher said, Brown needs to live in the weight room in the off season.
I don't know if they can sign Kearse for the money he (and his agent) want. Frankly, there are other guys I'd want to spend the money on (Robaire Smith, Drew Bennett, Justin McCareins).
I think that Volek is someone that should be resigned, but I don't think he's the heir to the Steve McNair throne. He's good and has come through in some crucial situations, but he's not the QB of the future.
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I liked how Mark May was saying he would rank OU first and Bama second because "no one has come close to beating Oklahoma." So I guess he considers one of these games on Bama's schedule to have been "close":