View Full Version : Reality of uncapped year will hit 212 players hard

12-30-2009, 02:24 PM
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 30, 2009 3:25 PM ET

When the words "uncapped year" first started appearing in the media to describe the NFL's 2010 season if the league and the union don't agree on a new deal, they were used largely to describe a season in which NFL players would see massive pay increases as owners unconstrained by the salary cap out-bid each other for players' services.

But now that an uncapped year is close to coming to fruition, players are starting to realize it won't necessarily be so lucrative for them.

The Associated Press reports that 212 players will be restricted free agents -- rather than unrestricted free agents -- if there's no new labor deal for 2010. Players currently need four years in the league to qualify for unrestricted free agency, but in an uncapped year they'll need six years.

One of those players is Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, and he said he and other players in his situation are starting to realize that an uncapped year won't be a good thing for them.

''Free agency's always been something for the players, always been a great thing. If you get one crack at free agency as a player, that's what you dream of,'' Orton said. ''How it stands right now ... guys aren't going to be able to have that dream, to be a free agent. That's a shame for the players, I think.''

In addition to Orton, high-profile players who would have become unrestricted free agents but will be restricted in the uncapped year include Miles Austin of the Cowboys, Brandon Marshall of the Broncos, Elvis Dumervil of the Broncos, DeMeco Ryans of the Texans, Jason Campbell of the Redskins, Nick Collins of the Packers, Logan Mankins of the Patriots, Jahri Evans of the Saints, Shawne Merriman of the Chargers, Braylon Edwards of the Jets and Ronnie Brown of the Dolphins.


12-30-2009, 03:15 PM
Jesus! We might be standing in the way of orton's dream to become a free agent. I for one blame McDaniels.

Dr. Broncenstein
12-30-2009, 04:22 PM
For some reason I thought Orton had enough tenure to be exempt from restricted free agency. It appears to not be the case. Orton, Doom, and Marshall -- arguably the most desirable free agents at their respective positions next year -- subjected to restricted free agency. That's a great deal for us.

12-30-2009, 07:14 PM
We'd never get so lucky and have someone outbid us for Orton, so our dream is dead there also.

12-30-2009, 10:19 PM
Is it possible though to front-load the contracts for the uncapped year so they don't count as much against the cap when we get a new CBA and hence a new salary cap?

Dr. Broncenstein
12-30-2009, 10:19 PM
We'd never get so lucky and have someone outbid us for Orton, so our dream is dead there also.

I think you may be suprised at the level of interest in Orton next year. Besides that, we would get to see what the market will bear for his services -- and the oppertunity to match. But the best part would be the fact that we could keep him around for another year while continuing the search for the long-term answer -- without having give him the mult-year deal he would otherwise get as an unrestricted free agent.