Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Aug 2009

uncapped year

I keep reading references to an "uncapped year" in 2010, but I haven't seen anyone explain what that really means. Anyone have a good explanation?

Posted by: shearnpool@hotmail.com on 06 Aug 2009

3 replies , Last at 04 Nov 2009, 6:15pm by rrova

Re: uncapped year
by tuluse :: Thu, 08/06/2009 - 12:30pm

Short of the owners and players agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement, there won't be a salary cap in 2010. So teams will be free to spend as much or as little money as they want.

On the other hand, free agents will be restricted for 6 years instead of 4.

Re: uncapped year
by KBrostowitz (not verified) :: Fri, 08/07/2009 - 3:40pm


-Teams will have more franchise and transition tags to use per year.
-The final 8 teams (in the playoffs) will not be able to sign free agents, unless they lose a FA of their own. At the same time, they will not be able to spend more on the new FA, than the amount that their departing FA received from their new team.

The uncapped year would hurt both sides, which is why it is written into the CBA...as an incentive to get a new deal done.

Re: uncapped year
by rrova (not verified) :: Wed, 11/04/2009 - 6:15pm

The uncapped year does not look like it will be free for all for the the owners willing to spend the most. However, the place where it will help alot is for teams with alot of bad contracts who need to unload players who are too expensive or are underperforming. Perfect example are my Redskins, who havn't respected the draft or the concept of team building for the past 10+ years.

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