The Uncapped Year Is Coming

On Sunday, broke a story: NFL to pull plug on $100 million revenue sharing. Many of started to speculate what this could mean for small market teams that already have trouble filling seats in their stadiums. Hidden in that story is that the NFL is planning and pretty much relying on 2010 to be an uncapped year. One of the side effects of the uncapped year is that players who used to require 4 or 5 years of service time to be eligible for free agency when their contracts run out will now need 6 years of service time. This affects the following Chargers who under the old rules were scheduled for unrestricted free agency in 2010: Vincent Jackson, Shawne Merriman, Marcus McNeill, Darren Sproles, Charlie Whitehurst and Tim Dobbins. Sproles, Merriman and Jackson all have 5 years of service time and McNeill, Whitehurst and Dobbins have 4 years following the 2009 season. The only way this happens any differently is if the CBA is re-negotiated before the 2010 free agent signing period, but I get the feeling that the NFL doesn't really want that to happen. I'll put it at 80-90% chance that 2010 goes uncapped at this point.

This also impacts other teams. The following quality players will also fail to reach unrestricted free agency in 2010:

QB Jason Campbell, Washington

RB Jerious Norwood, Atlanta

RB Leon Washington, New York Jets

RB Lendale White, Tennessee

WR Miles Austin, Dallas

WR Braylon Edwards, New York Jets

WR Lee Evans, Buffalo

WR Brandon Marshall, Denver

TE Owen Daniels, Houston

TE Tony Scheffler, Denver

K Stephen Gostkowski, New England

P Sam Koch, Baltimore

OG Deuce Lutui, Arizona

OG Eugene Amano, Tennessee (Rancho Bernardo High alum)

OG David Baas, San Francisco

OG Logan Mankins, New England

OG Stephen Neal, New England

C Chris Spencer, Seattle

DT Tony Brown, Tennessee

DE Ray Edwards, Minnesota

DE Johnny Jolly, Green Bay

LB Thomas Davis, Carolina

LB Elvis Dumervil, Denver

LB Chris Gocong, Philadelphia

LB Thomas Howard, Oakland

LB D'Qwell Jackson, Cleveland

LB Kirk Morrison, Oakland

LB Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay

LB Demeco Ryans, Houston

CB Marlin Jackson, Indianapolis

S Brodney Pool, Cleveland

S Dawan Landry, Baltimore

S Roman Harper, New Orleans

S Reed Doughty, Washington

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