A new collective bargaining agreement could be coming soon, which means the godforsaken lockout, court cases and he said/she said bullshit that has been this NFL offseason might finally be over.
Commissioner Roger Goodell presented the details of the proposed labor agreement to the owners on Tuesday. Although no vote was taken, the details make it clear we’re close to concluding this mess.
Here are the particulars.
Once the owners and players reach an agreement in principle, each side will take the agreement to their constituencies for a vote. The two sides are expected to resume negotiations on Wednesday.
As far as the Green Bay Packers are concerned, they now know which free agents will be unrestricted when the league year begins. Those players are linebacker Matt Wilhelm, defensive end [intlink id=”163″ type=”category”]Cullen Jenkins[/intlink], safeties [intlink id=”188″ type=”category”]Atari Bigby[/intlink] and [intlink id=”375″ type=”category”]Anthony Smith[/intlink], guards [intlink id=”94″ type=”category”]Daryn Colledge[/intlink] and [intlink id=”91″ type=”category”]Jason Spitz[/intlink], fullbacks [intlink id=”251″ type=”category”]John Kuhn[/intlink] and [intlink id=”965″ type=”category”]Korey Hall[/intlink], running back [intlink id=”77″ type=”category”]Brandon Jackson[/intlink], receiver [intlink id=”204″ type=”category”]James Jones[/intlink] and kicker [intlink id=”152″ type=”category”]Mason Crosby[/intlink].
That all sounds good to me. A huge detail is the salary floor they are instating, forcing teams to spend a certain amount of money. That will stop teams like the Bengals from spending no money and then sitting back and making a profit off of the shared TV revenue. That will mean more money in the pot for players even while they give some revenue back to the owners.
As far as the Packer free agents go, they can all take the train except for Kuhn and Crosby. For the rest, enjoy your Super Bowl rings and the paychecks you’ll get elsewhere. Adios.