First off - I've been a reader for some time now - took a break from posting and commenting so much due to time constraints. Lots of new names on the board and all of the discussion/posts/info has been great. I just read an article that I'm posting below - I know there's issues sometimes with posting links - long and the short it's an article on SI.com by Don Banks outlining discussions at the Owner's meeting and his point is that most Owner's have accepted 2010 uncapped. It gets really interesting when he delves into the nitty gritty detail that most of us don't hear about.
I've wondered this offseason how any why we've been so ridiculously quiet. A few of the key points in the article make some real sense.
- If Season goes uncapped then the rule on free agency reverts to players only gaining free agency after their 6th season - think about the implications for our team (Santonio, Heath, and the rest of our young core won't be eligible to go anywhere
- This means they'll be less guys that qualify for free agency - teams can also use the transition tag and the franchise tag - again - We could push Deebo's discussion out until next season and just tag him - and tag whoever else we might need.
On to the second point of the article - which is scary to think about. I'm no expert and this is strictly though - but that's what the offseason is for. An uncapped 2010 would lead into a strike in 2011 - this means teams will not be bringing in any revenue and if you couple that with where the economy is at - you could think that someone smart. Like the Rooney's are battenining down the hatches and ensuring that the Steelers balance sheet is as strong as possible heading into this uncertainty. Think about Jerry Jones in Dallas - with his new billion dollar stadium about to open (That he helped to personally finance) - I bet he just might be worried about that investment.
In any case let the discussion begin - lots of interesting implications for the Steelers!!!