Pre-2010 Free Agent Eligibility

The labor talks between the two sides, the NFL owners and the NFLPA, are starting to develop significant progress towards a completion.  The NFL appears to be getting a 48% give instead of the 56% the players received in the last CBA.  The players in turn will get more money from what is termed “true-up” money regarding increased profits as well as higher spending floor for every NFL team at 90% over the previous 80%.

It also appears that all veterans with 4, 5, and 6 years of service could possibly be eligible for free agency.  This year.  Which means that a ton of players may hit the market and with the increased spending required of each team, the NFL could see a serious spending spree.  For teams like the Miami Dolphins, that could be good news and bad.

The good news is that more players should be available in free agency.   Under the 2010 rules, the eligible free agent class was rather weak.  On the other hand, many teams spent far below the previous 80% requirement with no salary cap last year.  Those teams will need to spend more this time around and free agency will become the “Rodeo Drive” of this years NFL.

Miami is reportedly looking to add not only depth players but key starters including RB, LB, OL, and possibly a competing QB.

The NFL and the NFLPA are not publicly saying that a labor agreement is close but both sides are once again speaking today and continue to work towards a deal that could be in place by the first week of July.  Opening up a normally boring month of no football into a feeding frenzy of free agency.

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