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Old 02-13-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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PITTSBURGH (AP)—The NFL may not have a salary cap this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers will.

The Steelers, one of the league’s most popular and successful franchises, plan to follow a self-imposed cap in 2010 and won’t take advantage of the lack of a collective bargaining agreement to add more quality free agents than usual.

Director of football operations Kevin Colbert acknowledged the Steelers could be at a competitive disadvantage, especially if big-revenue teams decide to spend freely.


“We will operate as we always have. We will operate as if we have a cap,” Colbert said Friday. “You don’t know what you’re going to be dealing with. First of all, no one’s been in an uncapped year since 1993, so it’s a whole different era and no one knows how this will play out. We don’t know, if there is a new (labor) deal at any point, what the new rules are going to be.”

The Steelers also “don’t want to have to do something to undo what you did” should the next labor contract contain cap-like restrictions, Colbert said.
Unless a new labor deal is reached by this fall, NFL teams will be free to spend any amount they want on salaries without restrictions for the first time since Steelers owner Dan Rooney played a major role in designing the cap system used from 1994-2009.

Last season, the cap was $128 million and the floor was $111 million, meaning every team had to spend at least that amount. The Steelers will calculate what the cap would have been this season and then spend roughly that amount.

“We’re doing a lot of guesswork here,” Colbert said. “It’s not a hard and fast invisible cap, but more just the approach—things that make sense within your own team dynamics.”

The Steelers don’t believe this will be an especially attractive free agent pool, but that didn’t enter into their thinking, Colbert said.

“It’s a commonsense way to approach things,” he said.

After missing the playoffs by going 9-7 a season after winning the Super Bowl, the Steelers need depth at every position except quarterback, Colbert said in his first interview since the season ended. Colbert said they aren’t putting a priority on any area.

With most of their top players under contract, the Steelers theoretically could begin next season with largely the same team that lost five in a row late in the season. Colbert hinted that won’t happen.

“I think if you enter the season with the same group you ended the season with, you might expect the same results because we’re a 9-7 team at this point,” Colbert said.

Nose tackle Casey Hampton(notes) recently said he will be unhappy if the Steelers prevent him from becoming a free agent by tagging him as their franchise player at a cost of about $7 million, or approximately what they paid him last season.

The Steelers prefer to sign players to multiyear contracts, but Colbert said keeping a player for a single season can be a logical way of doing business. Hampton will be 33 in September and has had weight problems.

“Our stance on a tag, any tag, is we don’t like to use them, however we’re never going to say we’re not going to use something that is collectively bargained,” Colbert said.

Colbert, largely responsible for assembling the Steelers teams that won the Super Bowl during the 2005 and 2008 seasons, is unsigned past this season. The Steelers generally prefer to sign a key figure before he enters a contract year, but Colbert said his situation is a low priority.

If former Steelers coach Bill Cowher returns as a head coach, it is believed he wants Colbert to be the general manager.

“Anything to do with my personal status, I wouldn’t talk about at this point or at any point. That’s really not for me to discuss,” Colbert said. “I’m totally happy in my position, at this point.”
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:10 PM   #2
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i hope this doesnt turn into MLB. they better get the cap back. regardless of what cuban says, theres nothing fair about not having a cap.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:12 PM   #3
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That's how I'd operate the Broncos if I was the owner. I'd cap my salarys and not go crazy in the FA market. I'd try to bring back as many players as reasonably possible and that fit into the long term plans of the team. Other than that, I don't go crazy bringing in high priced FAs.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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It's healthy for him to blow something other than his Jay Cutler Fathead once in awhile.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:16 PM   #7
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:38 PM   #8
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That's how I'd operate the Broncos if I was the owner. I'd cap my salarys and not go crazy in the FA market. I'd try to bring back as many players as reasonably possible and that fit into the long term plans of the team. Other than that, I don't go crazy bringing in high priced FAs.
i agree. i don't want to see Bowlen open up the wallet and give out monster contracts and then in a year the league institutes a new CBA that has the salary cap and then we end up in a messed up situation with a payroll way over the cap.
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I don't think Bowlen will go spend crazy. The Steelers are smart, there are some teams I'd love to see go crazy though. I could see Al doing it.
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I don't think Bowlen will go spend crazy. The Steelers are smart, there are some teams I'd love to see go crazy though. I could see Al doing it.
he already does. i still am curious how the hell every single offseason he can throw around these monster contracts, sometimes several per season, plus the cost of the annual top 5 pick in the draft, how the hell does that team have any wiggle room under the cap?
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he already does. i still am curious how the hell every single offseason he can throw around these monster contracts, sometimes several per season, plus the cost of the annual top 5 pick in the draft, how the hell does that team have any wiggle room under the cap?
Because he always trades that #1 pick for some ****ball guy
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