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  • Under the terms of the CBA, the salary cap is tied to league growth. With the NFL facing a loss of revenue just like every other sport, there’s an issue to address:

    Currently, the league and NFLPA are studying how the revenue could be affected and what the sure-fire losses will look like. That’s one reason why there have been barely any contract extensions and few free agents have been signed after the initial free agency period.

    The goal is to make sure the salary cap goes up or at worst stays flat. But what if that’s not possible?

    The timeline for a plan to be firmed up is training camp. Whether the league borrows from the future or gives some back from the present, there’s a realistic prospect the cap will — at the very least — stay where it is for 2021.

    That’s a good thing for the Seahawks if they want to make any further additions this year. They’re down to about $5-6 million in true cap space and will need to borrow from the future to make the kind of sizeable improvement to the D-line most people accept is still required.

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  • The policy of restructuring salary into signing bonuses to delay the cap hit is based on the premise of the cap increasing. If the cap goes up 8% per year you're taking out an interest-free loan in a boom market. If the cap goes down, (as it effectively did between 2009 and 2012), you'd better keep a lid on extensions and restructures. The Cowboys didn't at that time and consequently they had to cut some good players on fair market contracts.

    Major policy changes in the NFL normally require a large proportion of those voting to pass. Small market NFL owners will be against a policy of borrowing from future cap years to stabilise the 2021 cap situation.
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  • Even if the cap stays the same for 2021, the Hawks are in good shape.
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  • Not familiar with the monthly flow of revenue for the league, but it would seem to me that they aren't necessarily (or at least not yet) at risk of lost revenue.
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  • HawkGA wrote:Not familiar with the monthly flow of revenue for the league, but it would seem to me that they aren't necessarily (or at least not yet) at risk of lost revenue.

    They are currently in their doldrums TBS, with almost their only current revenue being the Network and advance ticket sales. I don't imagine ticket sales are soaring now.

    Come pre-season, though, it's gonna start hurting and the losses could pile up fast. Sure, most of the income comes from TV, but the teams depend heavily on gate and concessions, so the 'no fans' aspect of this could bite deeply into individual team revenues.
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  • Too much to speculate on at this juncture. We'll have a better handle on it in Nov/Dec when we have more information.

    With that being said, right now my best educated guess is the cap in 2021 will suffer only a slight drop, or they will keep it flat, and 2022 & 2023 won't have as big of cap increases to make up for it.

    The Seahawks will be fine, in terms of cap. Their problem is they will continue to bleed aging veteran talent, and they need young players to step up and fill the void. Duane Brown, KJ Wright, and even Bobby Wagner are likely gone after this season. Continuing to sign JAGs will not fix the issue either. The team needs more star power.
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  • Maybe Eddie DeBartolo can consult for us on how to cheat the cap.
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  • RolandDeschain wrote:Maybe Eddie DeBartolo can consult for us on how to cheat the cap.

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  • The point is if the cap is the same, the Hawks can borrow off of it to shore up the DL THIS year.
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