Originally Posted by boltaneer
I agree that this is one of those off-season articles that is a tad silly but I don't think you fully understand what's going to happen if a new CBA isn't agreed upon. An uncapped season would benefit the Chargers greatly if this happens just as Clayton states.
Players will need six credited seasons before becoming an UFA and teams will get an extra transition tag to go along with the existing transition and franchise tags. At most a team usually has to let a good player or two at the most walk because they couldn't re-sign them because of cap reasons. Teams are going to be using all their tags every year because they will no longer have to worry about the cap. Teams will want to and now be able to keep their players that they normally would have had to let walk because the big name free agent pool is going to become just about non-existent.
The Chargers will most likely be able to sign everyone with the exception of probably one, maybe two players) and the three tags they'll have will allow them to keep everyone if that happens. (If a new CBA is reached, everyone is already speculating that Merriman is the one they're gonna have to let walk.)
However I think it's a moot point because I think they'll find some way to get a new CBA done. Too much on the line for both sides for it to not happen. And I hope it doesn't happen as it won't be a good thing for football if it does, even if it would benefit the Chargers.
I'd say I understand what happens in an uncapped season better than most, and if you really think that most teams will suddenly start spending so much more money in an uncapped league then you don't get the entire reason the owners opted out.
A small handful of teams make a huge amount of cash more than the rest of the league (Dallas, Washington, the NY teams). Those teams will increase spending, but teams like SD, Denver, etc. are living pretty close to their actual budgets as it is. They won't go into the red just to keep one or two guys who weren't deemed good enough to sign in a capped system.