The reality of the economics of the coming salary cap increase

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by erod, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    The salary cap, as expected, is about to go up. WAY up. Somewhere in the $200 million per year range.

    But that doesn't mean that suddenly teams can just go nuts on signing a bunch of players. Effectively, this changes little in the long run. Only a small window of semi-opportunity will be there.

    Players won't view this as a chance to get more players under the cap. They'll view it as chance to make a lot more money individually. Truth is, they don't care about each other when it comes to money. They just want bigger piles for themselves, which is perfectly understandable.

    This just means the top players will make a lot more money now. Patrick Mahomes is probably looking at $60 million per year soon. Positional players will just make 50% more than they sign for these days.

    The end-of-the-roster guys will still make minimum, but that will also be raised by a certain percentage. Probably around $1.5 million a year.

    The cap increase will just adjust the relativity of salaries, not the freedom for teams to sign more star players. It'll provide immediate relief for some teams that are in bad shape with the cap.

    Of course, the cap can still be manipulated in numerous ways to pretty much sign any player you want to. It's a false cap in that sense; it gives owners a built-in excuse to explain to their fan base why they don't spend more money, when actually, they can if they really want to.

    Just basic economics.
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  2. Diehardblues

    Diehardblues Well-Known Member

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    Oh great. I guess we can over pay Dak and Cooper now. Lol
  3. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    That's the way the salary cap has worked for years. The pot grows a little each year and guess what? This year is no different. Nothing is changing this year than any other year. Because it now hit's $200M things will be different? Nah.
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  4. AmariChill

    AmariChill Well-Known Member

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    That's what I've been trying to say. The cap raising means nothing. The ratio of money will be the same. Instead of a 40 million QB in a 150 mil cap, its a 60 mil QB in a 170 mil cap. Same difference. Everyone will just ask for more money.
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  5. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. It's all completely relative.

    This is not baseball. The Angels just guaranteed more money to Rendon than the Pirates have spent on free agents in 25 years. There are no rules.

    Raising the cap keeps NFL players from striking. Players don't want to sacrifice their small windows of opportunity for future generations of players. That's how owners keep the cap in place, ensuring them of billions in team revenue.

    Sadly, the end result is a league of players who don't really give a rip about winning compared to players of 25 years ago.
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  6. Oz-of-Cowboy-Country

    Oz-of-Cowboy-Country Well-Known Member

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    Cap goes up. Players want more. And in other news the world is still wet.
  7. IceBowler

    IceBowler Well-Known Member

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    ... and if the Owners tel em to "take a hike", it's illegal "collusion"

    is this a great country or what?????

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