CBA talk... What happens march 6th?
the current agreement runs out march 5th.. and no one is really talking about what happens to all the Free Agents.. While a deal is very unlikely to happen before, can a team if wants to risk the parameters of a new deal, can they sign a player w/o a new CBA?.. Can a big market team like a dallas, bears giants etc if they desire, run the risks and snap up some of the choice free agents even before a new CBA or small market teams not willing to risk it? or do they have to wait? Seems according to the Charlotte papers this am, richarson( who is on the cba committee) will not be signing any F/A unless a new CBA.. but by that statement seems a loophole does exist that can do signings if so choose, though run the risk of maybe being over cap if overspent.. Anyone seen any articles addressing specifically rules that state can or cant sign a F/A?
Richardson said he would not sign any of the team's pending free agents until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, which he predicted would not be any time soon.
"I'm not optimistic we're making a lot of progress," Richardson, co-chair of the owners' negotiating committee, said.
He made a couple of references to the team's finances. He pointed out that it would have cost the Panthers $11,441,000 - a salary pool Richardson said was the fifth-highest in the league - to buy out Fox and his assistants.
"You know, we are running a business here," he said. "And people don't like to see their ticket prices go up.
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