Saturday, March 04, 2006

rooting against cba extension

i love the nfl as a complete package as much as anyone, but the reality is that i love the eagles more. much more. as a result, i am actively rooting against any sort of agreement between the owners and the nflpa on an extension to the collective bargaining agreement. the eagles benefit from a failure to extend the CBA probably more than any other team in the nfl.

failure to extend the CBA will result in the salary cap staying close to the existing number (i've read that it will stay around 95 million) rather than the 105 million expected and planned for by most teams. since the birds have been hoarding cap space in anticipation of this season, they'll be incredibly well positioned to sign many of the blue-chip players that will be cut by teams trying to get under the cap.

another key factor is that the other teams in the division are not in particularly good cap health (especially the redskins) so they will likely be forced to cut rather than add.

failure to reach an agreement for the extension of the CBA will be like the best christmas ever for eagles fans.

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Blogger highboy said...

High there! I've been born in raised in the Pittsburgh region, and there isn't a team I hate worse than the Steelers. Since I was 4, for no reason at all, I've been a die hard Eagles fan. Just started my own NFL blog, so I thought I'd start nosing around here.

I agree that its best for the Eagles is no agreement is made, but another thing to consider is how the teams will be effected next season if that happens.

8:15 AM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

er... is that a picture of Jesus with some sort of rifle?

7:44 AM EST  
Blogger The Big Dog said...

Not to give Joe Banner too much credit, but I've thought of the same thing. If anything, Joe Banner is a shrewd businessman. I do think that this is part of a masterplan. The Eagles will be buyers and most teams will be not only be sellers, but dumpers. I'm bummed that FA is bumped back 72 more hours. Very anxious to see how things play out. Especially with all of these high ticket RBs needing homes. We could end up getting someone who is decent at bargain bin prices. Like Mike Anderson. Top 4 FAs, according to a couple sources I've read....Brees, LaCharles, Steve Hutchinson and...TO. What a coup if we could land the 2 best lineman. The Eagles are definitely aggressive in doing that. I wonder who the High Boy follows. Western PA guy who is not a Steelers fan? Isn't that against some local ordinances?

8:47 AM EST  
Blogger The Big Dog said...

Ooops....he's an Eagles fan. Sorry Highboy. Good choice.

8:48 AM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

I don't see this year as any different from prior years regarding cap space. Last year was the only year where they didn't have huge amounts available on day 1. Remember they had enough room to sign TO and the Freak 2 years ago.

And I'm rooting for them to extend it cause I want ZERO chance of a work stoppage. I'm effectively down to only 1 sport now as it is and I'd hate to have to start rooting for poker players on TV. Shudder, shudder.

Welcome aboard, highboy.

10:36 AM EST  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

I don't see this year as any different from prior years regarding cap space. Last year was the only year where they didn't have huge amounts available on day 1. Remember they had enough room to sign TO and the Freak 2 years ago.

i'm not sure that's true. the eagles are currently almost 19 million under the cap with a whopping 7 million in LTBE credits (cap room from last season carried over into this season, see http://www.geocities.com/eaglescap).

even if the cap space isn't actually greater than in previous seasons, the possibility of a ton of blue chippers hitting the market this season makes it different than previous seasons.

And I'm rooting for them to extend it cause I want ZERO chance of a work stoppage. I'm effectively down to only 1 sport now as it is and I'd hate to have to start rooting for poker players on TV. Shudder, shudder.

i get what you're saying, and i am definitely conflicted about it, but the bottom line is that i'll gladly accept a work stoppage in return for a superbowl victory.

10:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Phil said...

Could be. I hope they sign a ton of blue chippers, too. Interesting that they've decided to change their O-line philosophy from home grown development to acquisition (Runyon was an exception) if that's the route they go. Maybe this is the reaction to personel downgrades at WR?

11:03 AM EST  
Blogger The Big Dog said...

Have a feeling that something is going to get done this week...still, I think the Eagles will be aggressive...rumor has it that the Dolphins are going to be hot for Brees and maybe TO....I have basically deep sixed February to April on my sports calendar....I am a big football/baseball fan. At least in the fall you have college ball, but it won't get to that point. I think I may officially be on the deep six Clarke bandwagon. He tries, but it just isn't working....they need some fresh ideas from the GM perspective, especially with what to do with the new NHL....what the hell has happened to the Flyers....they all of a sudden are abysmal. Maybe the youth and injuries have caught up with them? I suspect a trade or 2 this week, hopefully not for Recchi or Weinrich.

11:07 AM EST  

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