News: Undrafted FA Cap a Blow to Cowboys

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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Undrafted FA Cap A Blow To Cowboys
    Posted by jellis at 4/25/2012 4:57 PM CDT on

    The Cowboys have a history of hitting on undrafted players in recent years, from Tony Romo, Miles Austin and Stephen Bowen to Barry Church, Danny McCray and Phil Costa.

    Those success stories don't grow on trees, however.

    Priority free agents cost money, and under the terms of last year's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Cowboys and other teams now have less to spend on players who were not drafted.

    Per the new rules, no team can grant more than $75,000 in signing bonuses to undrafted free agents over a three-year span...
  2. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Seems like a stupid cap to have
  3. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    How long until we find out Mara was behind this one too?
  4. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Is that 75K per or collectively?
  5. Galian Beast

    Galian Beast Well-Known Member

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    I don't see how that is so damning to the Cowboys...

    This doesn't control regular salary at all... all you would have to do is give a more front loaded contract.

    And if you wanted it spread over the course of say 3 years all you would have to do is increase the total size of the contract...

    so i guess I'm lost as to what the problem is.

    Only person this hurts is the free agent, as far as i can see.
  6. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    signing bonus is how free agents differentiate offers.
    udfa have to travel to a new city and 25k per year is insanely low total sb money to offer.

    we have given out 75k in sb to udfa in a single year fairly often.

    this is a stupid rule.
    i hate nfl ownership as a whole.
  7. Galian Beast

    Galian Beast Well-Known Member

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    From what I understand of the rule, it simply means that to establish a 75k dollar sb to a player, their contract has to be a minimum of 3 years. The signing bonus is only prorated as it effects the cap, the money is still paid up front.
  8. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    Listing Phil Costa as a "success" story :laugh2:
  9. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    It's $75,000 for all undrafted rookies combined. And anything more than the minimum salary counts against the limit, so you can't just increase their base salaries.

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