NFL, NFLPA reach agreement
The NFL Players Association signed the 10-year collective bargaining (settlement) agreement, yesterday, ending months of arduous negotiations. NFLPA representative Colts Jeff Saturday embracing NE Patriots owner Robert Craft (pic above) was a sign of relief felt by both sides after months of battling back-and-forth to reach an agreement. Craft’s wife Myra also died last week during Monday’s press conference. The biggest indifference was the $9 Billion additional revenue split. The owners wanted a substantially bigger percentage over the players. The players amounted a 48% split of that additional annual revenue for the final agreement.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith exclamated, “Football is Back!”
“I’d like, on behalf of both sides, to apologize to the fans: For the last five, six months we’ve been talking about the business of football — and not what goes on, on the field, and building the teams in each market,” Kraft said. “But the end result is we’ve been able to have an agreement that I think is going to allow this sport to flourish over the next decade.” – espn
The free-agent market is now wide open, and the Jets have top players on the open market including: CB Antonio Cromartie, WR Santonio Holmes, and WR Braylon Edwards. It will be difficult for the Jets to afford the top-notch roster of last season (making it to the AFC Championship game). The Giants could lose WR Steve Smith, and WR Plaxico Burress will be a top free-agent.