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2009 - The Calm Before The Storm?

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2009 - The Calm Before The Storm?

We previously posted a question to Packer Fans - "Could the current economy save the Packers?" with a video of Mark Murphy discussing that idea at Packer Fan Fest.

Don Banks at SI .com explores the mood and sentiments of some NFL owners and General Managers. Read the article. There are some real uncertainties after this season and the dialogue of what that means for the Packers needs to be kept in the air.

It sounds like some tougher times are coming in the NFL. After years of labor peace, the rumblings of trouble are very real and drawing nearer all the time. That's why NFL fans would do well to enjoy this coming season, which in a small way got a bit of an unveiling on Monday. Because 2010 and 2011 might wind up looking and feeling very differently than 2009, this is a season that could be remembered as the calm before the storm.

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Ron La Canne's picture


Wow! That was a downer. As I understood the 2009 to 2010 salary changes, no one could get more than a 30% increase year-to-year. That pretty much says there will be no contract extensions. Everyone has been envisioning all the cap money would be used to generate contracts for the FA's of the future therefore ensuring the teams continuity. And, in the uncapped year only Pickett and Kampman would fit in the 6 year formula. Help, I'm getting confused.

Also did you get the same feeling about Jones I did. Kind of liking the idea of uncapped forever?

Packnic's picture

Jerry Jones works harder than anyone at destroying the NFL. asshole.

Nick's picture

Packers picked up Preston

bomdad's picture

Greed on the part of the owners. More work, less pay, no sharing.

Ron La Canne's picture

Greed - let's not forget the agents and their piggybanks the players. Bus Cook scored big on his Favre scam and now he's trying a new version with Cutler. There are no inocents in this soap opera.

IPBprez's picture

Ron (?) harsh with the Favre comment. No luv, brutha? ---- Actually, I sided more with Mgmt than I did with the QB. If the QB wanted say-so, aka: control, then he should have signed an agreement laying out obligations & penalties. But, I digress.
It's interesting that no Sports Show(s) have been discussing the in-depth side of what's been happening over the last four years with relation to the CBA. Only bits & pieces. AND, it bears fruit to say Ted Thompson actually HAS been minding the Store exactly as a good GM should be, based on what the Krafts, Joneses, etc., etc., are trying to pull.
What's next, no more revenue sharing? Hey, don't laugh. It's a very real possibility. Several of the pro-revenue-sharing Owners have moved to either SELL (Dolphins) or redistribute amongst relatives (Steelers) and that reduces the vote in favor of, to in favor against. Others just don't have the clout. What will teams like Cincinnati, Tennessee and Jacksonville all do if that happens? Never mind how the Pack will deal with it.
Here's another crux - what will happen to teams loaded with talent and the Players begin to "play when they want to play" based on Owners NOT sharing the profits, as they should (in my book)....? Tell me it won't happen. All of the constant free agency produces one great year to get that BIG contract? Oooooh, you betcha, it can happen (and probably will). It won't be blatant. It will come in the form of injuries, etc. I'm not looking forward to it.

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