New York, NY- Just removed a few months after the Super Bowl; the new NFL season officially begins today at 4:00 EST. This may be the most interesting time if you’re a fan, yet the most exhausting time if you are a beat writer. Yesterday as reported by Suburban Detail Press Sports, there were already several big moves made on the market. This includes the San Francisco 49ers trading for Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin, the Seattle Seahawks obtaining the rights to Percy Harvin and David Garrard signing with the New York Jets (this one really wasn’t that big).
With the new collective bargaining agreement, as reported by Adam Schefter on the Mike and Mike Morning Show on ESPN Radio, free agents will be in for a rude awakening when searching out new contracts and compensation. In a nutshell, teams are just not doling out that much money because they are strapped for cash. For example, the Washington Redskins, who tried to get as much as they could in the uncapped season 2 years ago, are now feeling the financial crunch. They have already cut veteran DeAngelo Hall who was due to get in the range of $7 million this season.
Players like running back Steven Jackson, may not get their just due, because there just isn’t enough money for a team to spend on him. Teams are now paying for what a player can do in the future as opposed to what they did in the past. It is by all means a buyers’ market this year and we all may want to turn our head to Roger Goodell and DeMarcus Smith for how this CBA is going to affect this crop of players. Anyway, its business as usual for the NFL.
Avery Mullen, MBA – Beat Writer