NFL from the Sidelines
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Here we go
Talks again broke off between the NFL and NFLPA late Sunday night, but the league moved the start of free agency back to 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

NFL owners will meet Tuesday in Dallas to discuss the NFLPA's latest offer.

Two teams struck just before free agency hit to re-sign their star running backs.

Seattle inked Shaun Alexander to a $62 million deal that will pay the reigning NFL MVP over $15 million in bonuses and salary in 2006.

Green Bay brought back Ahman Green for a one-year $5 million deal.

The Steelers did restructure running back Duce Staley's deal at a savings of $1.2 million. Instead of earning a base salary of $2.5 million in 2006, Staley will now earn $670,000. He will instead get the $1.83 million in signing bonus, lowing his cap hit in 2006 from $3.67 million to $2.34 million.
Also last week, the team officially placed running back Jerome Bettis on the reserve/retired list, thus clearing his $5.35 million salary off their books.
posted by Dale Lolley at 11:11 PM  

2 Comments:

tannybrown said...

Dale,
I wonder how much the $10 million in cap space, assuming the CBA is extended, will really help the Steelers. Sure, they'll have $10 million more, but so will every other team. Does it truly put the Steelers in a better bargaining position for free agents?

Enjoying the blog,
Brian (tanny)

1:34 PM  
Dale Lolley said...

Tanny,
Good to see you here. The $10 million will allow them to help keep their own guys and maybe have a little left over to add a guy or two.
It also would keep them from having to cut guys, which is a plus.

5:39 PM  

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