Numerous reports have cited there is nothing holding back the final push to a new CBA that will go into effect some time next week. Presumably on Thursday when the owners meet to vote on the new agreement. A formality that isn’t likely to be voted down. Through various news agencies and newspapers, the owners have abandoned the right of first refusal that they were seeking and all that is left is getting the litigation terms of a settlement before Judge Susan Nelson and few minor issues that will not derail the talks.
ESPN is also reporting that the 2011 season will indeed be one with a salary cap. The reported number will be around 120 to 123 million which will be down from the 128 million cap of 2009. 2010 was an uncapped year. We have been unable as of yet to confirm what the current Miami Dolphins salary situation is or whether the team will be above or below that 120 mill projection.
Each team will be given a 72 hour window in which to sign their own free agents before the free agent window opens up to the entire league. It’s expected to last around 3 weeks with well over 200 players expected to be seeking new deals. It’s also expected that during that 72 hour window, teams will also be allowed to negotiate with their own draft picks as well as sign undrafted free agents, but that has yet to be made official.
Hold on to the steering wheel folks, this could be a crazy ride.