Bears Phillips Says Shorter-term Deals Are The Future

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  1. soulman

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    Bears President Phillips: Shorter-term contracts will be the norm
    November 21, 2013, 11:45 am

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    The Bears have about half of a roster under contract beyond this season, but team President Ted Phillips not only evinced no concern over the situation, but noted that a projected flat salary cap over the next several years will make this a more common situation around the NFL.

    Phillips, talking with “The Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM on Thursday morning, noted that the spate of short-term/one-year deals like those of linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams and guard Matt Slauson last offseason will become something of a norm. And that was not necessarily a bad thing, at least for the teams.

    The situation, which put the likes of GM Phil Emery in the position of playing fantasy football with real money, allows teams to fine-tune rosters with productive players, Phillips said.

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    That also includes positions like quarterback, where both Jay Cutler and Josh McCown will be coming out of contract after this season.

    “I think there’s going to be a time to talk about contracts, but it’s not now, for Jay or anyone else,” Phillips said. “We’re obviously aware of the number of players that we have whose contracts are expired. We’ll deal with that accordingly.”

    As to what the organization thinks of Cutler as its franchise quarterback, Phillips echoed sentiments expressed at various times by Emery and coach Marc Trestman.

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    Unless everyone is laying down a smokescreen, the organization will have him as its starting quarterback in 2014, one way (multi-year deal) or the other (franchise tag).

    “When Jay was playing, he did a really good job, was improving every week,” Phillips said, then added the ultimate prerequisite: "We were winning. We’re happy to have him and we’re happy to have Josh as his backup. There's not a lot of teams in the league that can say they have a starting quarterback who they believe in and then a backup who can win football games when needed
     
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    If Phillips hunch is correct more and more rank and file vets will be playing under one or two year deals with little or no guaranteed money. My guess is that this is gonna create more vet free agents each year and by the laws of supply and demand the offers they get will be far less lucrative than they have been over the past decade. This should make it easier for teams to find experienced players to fill holes while they develop younger draftees and UDFAs.

    Key vets and QBs will get more of the money and longer term deals with some guarantees but the current economics point towards teams getting younger with fewer long term vets. Ten year journeyman guys like Garza may become virtually extinct over the next few years even with the incentives provided in the CBA that cuts their cap costs in half if they accept minimum salary deals. With the limits now placed on rookie deals if just makes far more sense to draft well each year and constantly be in a state of restocking your team with draftees and younger less expensive vets.

    Given the number of players the Bears have coming out of contract after the season ends it looks to me like they're already in this mode and for Emery and Trestman the future is now. More and more vets in their 30s who are approaching the end of their careers are gonna be offered less money than their previous contracts might have paid them and we'll see those guys become FA teams will "rent" for a year or two like the Bears seem to be doing with players like D Will, Anderson, McBride, and I imagine Ratliff as well if he ever gets healthy enough to play.

    Overall this doesn't seem like it bodes well for some of the long term Bears vets like Peanut, Briggs and even Peppers either playing out their deals or being offered extensions there willing to accept. It seems there'll even more situation like Urlacher faced last spring. I expect we'll see that defense being completely restructured next spring and the following and it probably pays to watch how Emery goes about it because I still believe he intends to run a 3-4 before too much longer. JMHO
     
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    Teams with solid GM's and coaches can use this situation to their advantage. It's going to be a tougher situation for vet players. Players are going to have to produce every season, or get replaced. Solid guys who can play, will do okay. We could end up with this being a blessing for the 2014 overall team talent.
     
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    Ok, i dont see how they are going to give him a huge deal after he's been injured and McCown has played so well in his absence. So, looks like Jay will be getting the ol' Franchise Tag in the off-season. Unless he seriously reduces his contract offer to the 8 figure range.
     
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    If you're a young probowl player or specialized player I believe long term deals will be struck but not very many in the likes of Peppers contracts anymore. This will effect parity in the NFL just like we see with KC, teams will be coming out of nowhere because most players will be playing on year to year contracts. Madden NFL is loving it these teams will be changing players maybe swap an entire D or O out in a season.
     
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    The best/better organizations will continue to build their rosters via the draft. That is the fundamental change not mentioned here, we intend to give the longer term deals to our own draft picks.
     
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    And the CBA has helped structure the draft contracts better than a few years ago when crazy money was thrown at some draft picks.
     
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    This is the way to do it. Build via the draft and sign some depth guys to help fill out the roster.
     
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    So it's gonna become more like baseball . Draft well and plug holes w good vets . The gravy train is gonna end for some , but the truly good will cash in .
     
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    A little OT:
    I hope this does not eliminate franchise/career players that are connected to a team; like Payton-Bears, Urlacher-Bears, etc. I personally think the league should expand the roster and raise the salary cap. When a team sustains injuries, there chances at play-offs is greatly reduced. The salary cap, (high QB salaries), and limited roster have all contibuted to lowering the bar and making mediocre teams competitive. When you add injuries, cap, and limited roster, factors you can have some pretty boring weekend match-ups.
     

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